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03/04/05

Hometown Heroes--Skidaway Island Antiques Show Organizers

Congregation members prepare for the show. Congregation members prepare for the show.

If you're into antiques, this weekend is right up your alley. The Skidaway Island Antiques Show and sale is underway, with all proceeds going to local charities.

Members of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church have their work cut out for them. The ladies have been cooking and preparing food for weeks. The men are putting walls in place to transform the parish hall into booths for antique dealers. All in preparation for the big weekend.

"We have 17 dealers coming from up and down the East Coast and Texas," said Mary Ellen Fox, the event's chairperson. "So we have a great variety for anyone who is interested in antiques and collectables."

The church has put on this antique sale and show for the past six years. It's become a labor of love.

"The idea evolved because we were looking for a project and I thought an antique show would be great for this church and was well received," said event founder Connie Dimou.

In its six years, this event has raised more than $300,000. This year, the church hopes to top last year's total of $60,000. All the money will be divided among five local charities that benefit children, including Hope House, Open Arms Home and the St. Paul Academy for Boys.

For their effort to help make life a little better for needy children in Chatham County, the congregation of Saint Peter's Episcopal Church is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

The antique show continues tomorrow from 10am until 5pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 4:30pm.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

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