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October HOW Dinner Honors Cheryce Chartier

OAKHURST — Ever the champion of other peoples’ causes, local business owner Cheryce Chartier is “well-known and much loved in the Oakhurst area,” say HOW organizers.

“Since she moved here in 2000 Cheryce has been actively involved in the community, raising her daughters here, and working at places such as Curves and Pak & Page.”

In 2014, Cheryce and husband Carl Chartier bought Pak & Page and have continued to provide much needed services to the community. Over the past few months, though, Carl has endured serious medical issues, including multiple debilitating strokes. Between the time this HOW event was scheduled and before it would take place, Cheryce’s beloved Carl passed away at home, surrounded by loved ones on Friday, Oct. 12.

Now, the nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet for a special fundraising dinner for Cheryce on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Plazuelas Mexican Restaurant in Oakhurst, starting at 6 p.m.

HOW meets monthly to celebrate one deserving woman who receives the community’s support when she needs it the most.

Those participating in the HOW benefit will offer $10 or more as a suggested donation for Cheryce and pay for their own dinner. Proceeds from the event go directly to Cheryce at the end of the evening.

“Cheryce has been at [Carl’s] side while he was in and out of the hospital several times,” according to HOW. Carl is now in a Fresno rehabilitation center, where Cheryce commutes after work every day to visit with him.

“Due to Carl’s early, unexpected retirement, Cheryce and Carl’s income has been drastically reduced. With looming medical bills and long-term inpatient care for Carl, and slow business at the shop, expenses are large, money is short, everything.”

A monthly participant in the HOW dinners since their Oakhurst inception, Cheryce has provided donations for every event, always first to assist women in our mountain communities. If you’d like to honor someone who has given so much, please RSVP for what will be a special night.

Taco Plazuelas is located at 40015 CA-49, Suite 203, in Oakhurst.

Recipients of HOW are always a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss or who has been through a period of loss within the last 12 months. Irreplaceable loss is defined as a catastrophic loss which cannot be recovered.

HOW says that “one woman with $10 can buy another woman lunch. Ten women giving $10 can buy another woman’s groceries. One hundred women giving $10 can really make a difference in another woman’s life.”

If you know a woman who is going through a time of irreplaceable loss, come to the September HOW meeting and nominate her to be the next recipient. Recipients are chosen in a public drawing.

“Remember that by helping one woman, we help one family and one community.”

Contact howoakhurstchapter@gmail.com

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  1. Cheryce and Carl are beloved friends, and have been part of my life many years. I cherish every moment I had with them, and wish I would have got to know Carl a lot more. I get my mail many times a week at Pak n Page because I love knowing I’ll often see Cheryce humming or smiling. <3

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