Sup­port­ers turn out for fundraiser in mem­ory of Am­ber Chip­pett.

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY PAULINE DEAN

The fam­ily of the late Am­ber Chip­pett hosted a soft­ball tour­na­ment and kids’ T-ball game in her mem­ory ear­lier this month.

The event was to held – rain or shine – Sept. 2, just two days be­fore the an­niver­sary of her death in a car ac­ci­dent on the Buchans Highway in 2015.

And it did rain – but that didn’t de­ter the al­most 80 peo­ple who at­tended, some driv­ing in from out of town.

The event was also an oc­ca­sion to present schol­ar­ships in Am­ber’s name. Four schol­ar­ships were pre­sented, in­clud­ing three for $500 and one for $1,000. The schol­ar­ships were funded through do­na­tions and a skate-athon held in March 2017, with a carry over amount from the same event in 2016.

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents for 2017 year were Lake­side Academy grad­u­ates Han­nah Stacey, who re­ceived the $1,000-award, and Noah White, Haylee Keats, Marissa Gosse, and Bri­ana Pur­cell, who each re­ceived $500.

Pre­sent­ing the schol­ar­ships was Am­ber’s sis­ter Sa­man­tha O’Brien, and fam­ily friend and prin­ci­pal of Lake­side Academy, Bar­bara Ride­out.

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T-ball par­tic­i­pants didn’t mind the rain as they came out to sup­port the Chip­pett fam­ily. Three teams par­tic­i­pated in the event. The late Am­ber Chip­pett was a vol­un­teer with chil­dren’s T-ball dur­ing the sum­mer prior to the ac­ci­dent that claimed her life.

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Ap­prox­i­mately 80 par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors at­tended the sec­ond an­nual soft­ball tour­na­ment and T-ball game at the Buchans ball field in mem­ory of Am­ber Chip­pett Sept. 2. A group of par­tic­i­pants sports T-shirts do­nated by var­i­ous busi­nesses.

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Sa­man­tha O’Brien pre­sented a $500-schol­ar­ship to Marissa Gosse fol­low­ing the soft­ball tour­na­ment, along with Lake­side Academy prin­ci­pal and fam­ily friend Bar­bara Ride­out.

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Sa­man­tha Obrien pre­sented schol­ar­ships on be­half of the Chip­pett fam­ily. Noah White ac­cepts a cheque for $500 to be used to­wards his post-sec­ondary ex­penses.

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Sa­man­tha O’Brien pre­sented a schol­ar­ship to Haylee Keats on be­half of her fam­ily and the late Am­ber Chip­pett Sept. 2, with help from Lake­side Academy prin­ci­pal and fam­ily friend Bar­bara Ride­out.

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Bri­ana Pur­cell ac­cepted a schol­ar­ship in the amount of $500 from Sa­man­tha O’Brien, sis­ter of Am­ber Chip­pett, for whom the schol­ar­ship is named.

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Han­nah Stacey was not able to at­tend the schol­ar­ship pre­sen­ta­tion so her mom, Kelly Stacey ac­cepted the $1,000-schol­ar­ship from the Am­ber Chip­pett schol­ar­ship fund on her be­half. Am­ber’s sis­ter Sa­man­tha O’Brien made the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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