Flo and I began our day at the Tuleburg Quilt Guild in Stockton, CA. I spoke about Quilts of Honor and shared our story of Mt. Vernon. Then we headed to Antioch to meet our Queen B’s QOH group at the VFW Hall, have dinner, and award three quilts. After a good dinner, we surprised our recipients with their quilts. One was a female who has recently accepted the job of Commander of the State of California American Legion. She is the first female in California history. So proud of Queen B’s QOH group – they will be awarding a couple more quilts on the 16th. They have grown and are becoming a big part of Quilts of Honor. Keep up the great work!
The 2nd Annual Quilts of Honor Fundraiser was held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Stockton, CA. Our two cooks started the morning at 6:30am smoking 20 tri-tips. Big Rick and little Rick have quite a system and we can’t thank them enough for spending the whole day with us working in the heat, and it was hot in that kitchen. The food was great – Toni made tons of potato salad and we still ran out.
Our crew arrived at 10:30 am to set up tables, chairs and raffle. We are so blessed to have so many volunteers who are so talented in so many ways, helping us with the dessert raffle and we’re still learning. For decorations and raffle baskets we have the best in Willene; desserts we have Jackie, Nancy and Sochi’s family. They were killer desserts and some went for $100 – it was fun to watch people battle for peach pie or chocolate cream pie. We lost our auctioneer at the last minute and Congressman Jerry McNerney stepped up and earned us $1,282.00.
We had a great awards ceremony awarding 9 quilts. Of course we told them stories to get them there. I asked Rick to come and play taps for the event so he came and brought his horn. I even played along by telling him when he would play so when I called his name to come and receive his quilt, he was speechless. Each recipient had no idea – it was so great to see how overwhelmed and proud that they were receiving a quilt. One recipient asked to talk – he said our group have given a quilt to one of his WWII Navy guys last year and he passed away three weeks ago with his quilt on his bed. He started to cry and said you don’t know how much these quilts mean.
We were honored to have Tim, a professional photographer, come to our event. He took some awesome pictures of our afternoon and shared them with us. Thank you, Tim. Andy, Carol and some of our dinner guests helped us serve and I had my adopted grand kids who volunteered all day. It was my folk’s 64th wedding anniversary also, so that was cool. My second family came from Gardnerville to surprise me – that meant so much. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day. Our QOH team worked hard to make it a honored, proud event. These pictures are just a sampling of the events of the day. To see more pictures, visit our Quilts of Honor Facebook page.
To all who supported us, God Bless you. It’s so hard to ask for money and raise money and you all came through.
September 20th and 21st we will be at the Sonora Quilt Show at the Fairgrounds.
September 24th is our QOH Workshop.
September is keeping us going,