They wanted a cure for Alzheimer's. So the 'Bistro Babes' began selling homemade jewelry.

DARTMOUTH — They call themselves the Bistro Babes, and while they’re having fun, they’re also raising money to help search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

For Diane Cambra, Irene Bergeron, Carolyn Nolan and Pamela Barlow, who all live at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth, it feels good to turn a fun hobby into a charitable cause.

“We all do it for that feeling,” said Cambra, whose niece was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at a young age. They have all been touched by the disease in some way, and the Residence has a memory care unit.

Pam Barlow shows off a bracelet she made as part of The Bistro Babes, which have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association, making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth.
Pam Barlow shows off a bracelet she made as part of The Bistro Babes, which have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association, making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth.

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“It’s a subject close to our heart,” she said.

After two jewelry sales in the spring and fall, they raised $1,700 to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. They charge $5 for each piece.

They get together on their own and hang out in their favorite spot and bead. It all started when a friend gave her some jewelry making supplies. They will take old jewelry and turn it into new jewelry and also make repairs.

“We make jewelry to order, too,” Nolan said.

Calling themselves The Bistro Babes, they have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association, making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth.
Calling themselves The Bistro Babes, they have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association, making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth.

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They also work on other projects, including organizing a store for residents. In the past five years they’ve knit about 275 hats, with Ghislaine Jacques knitting a majority of them.

Irene Bergeron and Diane Cambra are part of The Bistro Babes, which have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association by making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth. Here the duo man their impromptu store they have opened at the assisted living facility.
Irene Bergeron and Diane Cambra are part of The Bistro Babes, which have raised over $1,700 for the Alzheimer's Association by making and selling jewelry they recreate at The Residence at Cedar Dell in Dartmouth. Here the duo man their impromptu store they have opened at the assisted living facility.

A new set of hats will be presented to the 18 veterans who live at Cedar Dell during an upcoming luncheon in honor of Veterans Day.

They call themselves the Bistro Babes in reference to the central room on the upper floor where residents socialize. They are always looking for new members. They also accept donations of jewelry.

“We’re socializing and doing something good for someone else at the same time,” Nolan said.

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