Christ Church to raffle swan decoy
— 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.