THIS COMMEMORATIVE MILITARY CHAIR was at the auction on Saturday, Sept. 10 during the 5th Annual Chair Fair. The chair was made by a friend of Courtside Cafe’ owners Sharon and James LeGrow. Designers Tera Fair and her husband, Robert, are shown standing beside Tera’s designed chair on Saturday afternoon. (Independent Photo/Elizabeth Wehman)

Courtside Cafe’ owners Sharon and James LeGrow recently participated in the 5th Annual Chair Fair held in downtown Owosso on Saturday, Sept. 10. The fundraiser raised monies for Shiawassee Hope, Walls of Warmth, as well as the Shiawassee Homeless Coalition. LeGrow’s submission was a chair made by a family friend, Tera Fair of Sandusky, OH. It celebrates all of the armed forces, the police and fire departments, first responders, and even K9.

The chair also held a copy of Sharon’s mother’s Marine discharge card, photos of Fair’s father who was a Command Sergeant Major serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Fair’s father-in-law also served in the air force during WWII. The chair memorializes Sharon’s mother Mary L. Rachar, PFC, in the United States Marine Corp from 1954 through 1956. Rachar was a Top Secret Clearance and Guardian of Records. Sharon’s father, Edward Ketz, Jr., was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1946 to 1956. Sharon’s parents met when they were based in San Diego, CA., and were married at the base chapel in 1956.

Tera’s father was a Command Sergeant Major who served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Her father-in-law also served in the air force during WWII. While the chair has been on display at the cafe’ many patrons, other veterans, have signed a book as a log of their service as well.

The chair is now on display at the restaurant.

Chair Honors Family Legacy was last modified: September 14th, 2016 by Karen Elford