Christ Church to raf­fle swan de­coy

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— Christ Epis­co­pal Church, Den­ton will be hold­ing its 4th an­nual Swan De­coy Raf­fle on Fri­day, Aug. 17, and Satur­day, Aug. 18, at Caro­line Sum­merfest in Den­ton.

The swan is the work of carver Capt. Harry Jobes of Havre de Grace. His work is reg­u­larly dis­played at the Eas­ton Waterfowl Fes­ti­val.

The pro­ceeds from the raf­fle will be do­nated to Op­er­a­tion Smile, a vol­un­teer agency whose mis­sion is to re­pair cleft lips and palates of chil­dren through­out the world.

Op­er­a­tion Smile was founded in 1982 by Dr. Wil­liam P. Magee Jr. Dr. Magee is a plas­tic sur­geon who trav­elled to the Philip­pines in the early 1980s with a group of vol­un­teer med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to per­form cor­rec­tive surgery on chil­dren with cleft palates.

The vol­un­teers dis­cov­ered the need for this pro­ce­dure was much greater than they had imag­ined. On that first trip many re­quests by par­ents for the surgery had to be turned down.

On his re­turn, Dr. Magee be­gan rais­ing funds and so­lic­it­ing sur­gi­cal equip­ment and sup­plies so he could lead an­other group of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to the Philip­pines to per­form this work which is life-al­ter­ing for the re­cip­i­ents.

Since then, Op­er­a­tion Smile has con­ducted med­i­cal mis­sions in lo­ca­tions around the world. In ad­di­tion to sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures, Op­er­a­tion Smile es­tab­lishes cen­ters for fol­low-up care, pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties it serves and con­ducts re­search into the causes of cleft dis­or­ders.

This swan, as well as the pre­vi­ous three that have been raf­fled, was do­nated by re­tired water­man Ge­orge Ed­wards of Ch­ester. Mr. Ed­wards is a long-time col­lec­tor of de­coys and other ar­ti­facts rem­i­nis­cent of his many years on the wa­ter.

The swan is val­ued at about $1,200. The de­coy has its orig­i­nal paint fin­ish and is signed and dated 2011 on the bot­tom by Jobes. The di­men­sions are 32” inches long by 22 inches high.

Tick­ets for de­coy will be on sale at the Christ Epis­co­pal Church booth at Sum­merfest or by call­ing the church of­fice at 410-479-0419 and leav­ing a mes­sage.


This 2011 swan de­coy carved by Capt. Harry Jobes of Havre de Grace will be raf­fled by Christ Epis­co­pal Church in Den­ton to raise funds for Op­er­a­tion Smile.

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