18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction

by Debby Hudson, Quilt Auction Organizer

Friends of Alaska CASA held its 18th Annual Silent Quilt Auction at the University Center Mall on November 29, 2014.  There was an incredible array of 197 quilts – from wall hangings to queen size bed covers – donated by 92 extremely generous quilters.  We received quilts from Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Big Lake, Sterling, Cordova, Port Alsworth and Anchor Point, as well as from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Washington and New Zealand.  Over $26,100 was raised at the auction via the quilts, raffle quilt ticket sales, and cash donations.

The auction attendees were mesmerized by the harmony of Sally’s Kitchen and Alaska Folk Arts Family & Friends, as they sang and played their many instruments.  A great time was had by all, especially while munching on the scrumptious array of cookies made for us by Vivian Hickok.

Dianne Horbochuk won the extraordinary raffle quilt, Warm Irish Chain, which was made by Becky Rudisill and custom machine quilted by Melanie Hancock, as well as donated by both!  Dianne, Vice President and Secretary of Friends of Alaska CASA, is also a dedicated volunteer CASA.


Raffle Quilt with Diane (raffle winner) and Becky (quilt maker)

We offer our most sincere thanks to all our supporters who attended the quilt auction and to the following business for their continued support:  Alaska Event Services, Alaska Home Magazine, Dina’s Cozy Cabin Quilts, Great Originals, Vivian Hickok, Just Sew, Quilt Tree, Quilt Zone, Seams Like Home, Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, the Mall at Sears, the University Center Mall, and Valley Quilters’ Guild.

We extend our profound gratitude to the following extraordinarily generous quilters for donating their fabulous quilted creations:

Kay Adams Mary Dodge Terry Kogane Elizabeth Roberts
Anchorage Church of Anne Squires-Dorsey, Betsy Korzeniewski Nancy Rowland
      Christ Piecemakers       New Zealand! Kathleen Kritchen Becky Rudisill
Anchorage Log Cabin Bonna Downs Jackie Letts Mary Kay Sambo
      Quilters Donna Evans Barbara Lavish Diane Schmitt, AZ
Anchorage Senior Kay Fiero Grace Lindle Ruth Simpson
      Activity Center Joyce Fish Linda Markus Judy Smith
Cindy Anderson Vickie Fuller Janet McWorkman Gloria Snodgrass
Rose Anderson Donna George Marilyn Meiller Jody Solmonson
Andrea Archer Kathleen Godsoe Mary Lou Michels Marie Steele
Kim Barr Alex Haar Ree Moffitt Charlotte Stefanich
Kathy Bates, MT Mary Hacker Joyce Momarts Susan Stout
LaVerne Beck Marcia Harlamert Cindy Montague Ann Strother
Sharon Berna’ Marcia Healy Marlene Nebel Francine Strother
Suzanne Bounds Teri Hennemann Katherine Neher Sharon Swieter
Vamori Burgheim Carol Hill Pat Ott Shannon Thickstun
Glenda Burk Sharon Hillstrom Kari Parrish Mary Thompson
Nancy Campbell Dianne Horbochuk Robin Parsons Sheila Toomey
Debra Carney Debby Hudson Carrie Payne Pam Ventgen
Jacqueline Carr Christine Jolley Jean Peterson Linda Rice-Weaver, WA
B.J. Coopes Janet Jones Mary Carr Piaskowski Jean Whitney
Judy Crosby Tara Jones Shirley Pittz Vivian Williams
D & K Kathleen King Charlie Polak Joan Wooliver
Melinda Dale Sarah Klever Becky Price Cheri Worley
Brenda Dickison, CO Donna Koehler Bonnie Rivera

We hope you enjoy the photo gallery of the extraordinary quilts from this year’s auction.

We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals for all their help before, during, and/or after the quilt auction:

Cindy Anderson Dianne Horbochuk Shirley Pittz
Suzanne & Larkin Bounds Sharon Horwath Becky & Mike Price
Donna George Don Hudson Sarah Raffuse
Kylee Guidry Amber, Jaima, Tara & Michael Audrey Raffuse
June Haisten       Jones LeeAnn Reicks
Marion Hallum Erin Leaders Becky & Michelle Rudisill
Sarah Hanson Victor Mollozzi Judy Smith
Vivian Hickok Cindy Montague Cindi Sparks
Micaela Hogan Katy Neher Kathy Swiderski
Sallye Werner



Amazon Smiles is a simple and automatic way for a person to support Friends of Alaska CASA (FAC) every time that he/she shops using Amazon, at no cost to the individual. FAC is a registered public charitable organization with AmazonSmiles. When an individual shops at AmazonSmiles, he/she will see the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to FAC.

To shop on AmazonSmiles, simply go to smile.amazon.com from your web browser or mobile device and select Friends of Alaska CASA as your charitable organization and start shopping. If you go to AmazonSmiles, the site will walk you through how to set up an account. You can also use your existing amazon.com account. Please take the time to set up an account with AmazonSmiles and help support FAC efforts to reach out to the more than 2000 children in state custody every day.

Pick.Click.Give. Once Again, A Boost for FAC

pick. click. give

Once again FAC was the beneficiary of many generous donors through the PFD Pick.Click.Give. program. FAC received donations from 52 Alaska citizens totalling $2,500 from their 2012 PFD. The FAC Board is so grateful to all those who so generously support our work. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful supporters. Thanks to all of you!

There is still time on your 2013 PFD Application to designate a donation to FAC.

Laptops for Foster Youth and Alumni

For the last two years, Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) has been working to acquire donated laptops for current and former foster youth. Since youth are frequently moved several times during their custody, keeping track of homework, family pictures, and contact information is often a real challenge. Former foster youth often face difficulties in finding permanent housing, also, so for them the challenge continues. Providing the youth with a laptop can make this situation a bit more tolerable.

If you have a laptop to donate that is no more than 3 to 4 years old, or if you know of an individual or business that wishes to donate, call Amanda at 230-8237 for details.

FAC Welcome’s New Board Member

Friends of Alaska CASA is pleased to announce Shanna McPheters as our newest Board member! Shanna brings a wealth of experience as both a volunteer and professional working with the children, families, and the community.

Shanna McPheters, FAC Board Member

“I have been a CASA for over eight years and welcome the opportunity to be a FAC Board Member, to share my knowledge and create new opportunities for CASAs and the children they work so hard for,” stated Shanna. FAC is excited for the opportunity to expand our Board to continue to support CASA’s and the children and youth they serve throughout the state.

Alaska CASA/GAL Conference 2012

OPA Director Rick Allen, Becky Rudisil, FAC Treasurer Debby Hudson, and National CASA CEO Michael Piriano

The 2012 CASA/GAL Conference was held in Anchorage on April 20 and 21, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel.  There were nearly 40 CASA volunteers and approximately 25 Guardians ad Litem that attended from areas around the state.  Personnel from the Alaska State Court System personnel and the Office of Children’s Services were also in attendance for a final count of 89 individuals.

            FAC is pleased to announce that it was able to pay the transportation and lodging costs for a total of 12 CASAs from Juneau, Fairbanks, Bethel, Kenai, and the Mat-Su Valley to attend the conference.  Not only was this a perfect opportunity for the CASA volunteers to receive additional valuable training, it was a great occasion for them to network with their peers.  Master Bill Hitchcock, now a resident of Oregon, did an exceptional job serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

FAC Board President Sallye Werner

    FAC also hosted an evening reception to celebrate the Alaska CASA Program’s 25 years of child advocacy in Alaska as well as to honor individual CASA volunteers from the various programs throughout Alaska for their extraordinary work with youth.  The evening was full of heartwarming stories of the CASA volunteers’ advocacy with the youth.  We were also delighted and privileged to have Michael Piraino, the CEO of the National CASA Association, and Jimmy Wayne, Celebrity Spokesman for the National CASA Association and a top-selling country music artist, at both the conference and the reception.

State Director of CASA Marion Hallum, and retired Children's Court Magistrate William Hitchock




FAC honored two individuals that have been outstanding and tremendous supporters of Friends of Alaska CASA for many years – Laura Haywood and Becky Rudisill.  Laura served on the Board of Directors of FAC for six years, two as president, and has been a CASA in Juneau for nine years. In addition to being an active CASA volunteer, Laura has worked on recruitment, volunteer recognition, fundraising, and PR, to name just a few. She has been an indefatigable supporter of both the Juneau CASA program and statewide activities of Friends of Alaska CASA.  Becky Rudisill has been alongside Debby Hudson every step of the way for over 15 years helping with the annual quilt auction fundraising event.  Becky is an extraordinary quilter and a well-respected member of the Alaska quilting community, and we have often called her our “unofficial CASA Volunteer.”  She also happens to be the sister of Debby Hudson, FAC’s Treasurer and Quilt Auction founder and organizer.  Both Laura (who was unable to attend) and Becky were given a lovely plaque to show our appreciation of their endless dedication.

FAC’s 2012 Quilt Auction

We are happy to announce that we will resume holding our annual quilt auction this year.

As it has in the past, the event will be held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving – November 17, 2012 – at the University Center Mall.  More information will follow in the next few months; we just wanted to let you know as soon as possible that we are on track and will once again be holding this extraordinary event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debby Hudson at 337-7990 or DebbyHudson@gci.net.