Campaign Co-Chairs, Dean and Margery Muharrem today announced a new fundraising initiative – designed specifically to celebrate local talent and generate funds for this year’s United Way campaign. 

Featuring an ever popular FASHION SHOW by GENTRY MANOR with support from various local artisans and retailers, this beautifully staged pre-holiday extravaganza will feature a live and silent auction, unique artisan gifts, door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment (bring your dancing shoes!) by The ShakeBand. 

The event will be held in the elegant new addition at the Links of Kent Golf and Event Centre, 120 Indian Creek Road, Chatham from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, 2014. 

While confirmations are still coming in from area artists and artisans, participants so far include: 

Brenda Braun – amazing jewellery / surreal artwork
Regine – chocolates
Julie Faas – jewellery
River Bell Market Garden – organic food baskets
For Every Home – scented candles
Bag Lady Diva – handbags and accessories
VaDabyPri – knit neck ware from local wools
Rural Roots Scrub – body scrubs, etc.
Steeped Teas – specialty teas
Steph Temesy – soaps, candles
Val and Bob West – art photography
Kathy Anderson’s “Forks & Fashion” – jewellery and accessories
Threads ‘n Things – fibre art and children’s clothing
Snuggle Bug – kids stuff 

“This is a “combo” affair”, said Margery Muharrem, “bringing together two popular events held last year – ‘Christmas at the Winery’ (held for the past three years at Smith & Wilson Winery) and the ‘Runway Gala’”.  “We hope to attract a crowd of individuals who want to do a bit of Christmas shopping … and then relax and enjoy a busy pre-holiday evening with friends and co-workers”. 

Tickets for “Christmas at the Links” are $50.00 per person (with a $20.00 income tax receipt) and can be purchased at Gentry Manor in Chatham, Links of Kent Golf and Event Centre in Chatham, Mitton’s Jewellers in Ridgetown and United Way offices in Chatham, Wallaceburg and Tilbury. 

Net proceeds from the event will be invested in 30 local charitable agencies, program and services for over 36,000 residents throughout Chatham-Kent. 

For additional information, please contact Karen Kirkwood-Whyte at 519-354-0430 or e-mail