Friends of Alaska CASA held its 20th Annual Silent Quilt Auction at the University Center on November 26, 2016. We are tremendously grateful for the 98 extraordinarily talented and generous quilters from Anchorage, Bethel, Big Lake, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Homer, Palmer, Port Alsworth, Seward, Unalaska, Wasilla and Willow, as well as quilters from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington, who donated a record-number 223 quilted treasures. Over $32,000 was raised through the sale of the quilts, raffle tickets, and cash donations – a record high!
For its 20th year, Sally’s Kitchen, entertained the auction crowd with their harmonious sounds and even had a young girl from the crowd conducting them! And, once again, Vivian Hickok sustained the crowd with her dozens and dozens of scrumptious chocolate chip, molasses and snickerdoodle cookies.
Mary Hacker of Anchorage won the queen-size Kaleidoscope Dreams Raffle Quilt made by Sharon Hillstrom and machine quilted by Ruth Sielaff. Mary has been a long-time CASA supporter, having donated 25 quilts to our auctions since 1999. Congratulations, Mary!
Please click HERE to view the photos of the remarkable quilts donated this year.
We offer our most sincere thanks to all our supporters who attended the quilt auction and to the following businesses for their continued support: Alaska Event Services, Alaska Home Magazine, Great Originals, Just Sew, Quilt Zone, Seams Like Home, Sylvia’s Quilt Depot, The Mall at Sears, The Quilt Cache, The Quilt Tree, Twisted Sisters’ Quilty Pleasures, University Center Mall, and Valley Quilters Guild. We also extend our overwhelming gratitude to the following amazingly generous and gifted quilters:
Anchorage Long Cabin Quilters
Anchorage Senior Activity Center
Rose Anderson, AZ
Barbara Clinton & Ella Wachsteter
Brenda Dickison, CO
Marilyn Gray, CO
Jennifer Hall Jones
Tara Jones, WA
Marcia Landry, CO
Mary Lou Michels
Pat, Spyglass Inn
Mary Kay Sambo
Valley Quilters Guild
This year’s annual quilt auction was dedicated to Marion Hallum, a dedicated advocate for children throughout Alaska for over 25 years. Marion’s involvement with Alaska CASA began in 1992 when she became a volunteer CASA; she then became a Guardian ad Litem and supervised volunteer CASAs and, in 2006, was appointed as the Statewide Director for the Alaska CASA Program. Marion is a 10-year survivor of Ovarian Cancer and, shortly after her retirement in July 2016 and move to her childhood home of Solvang, California, was diagnosed with Stage 4a Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Marion is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments in Solvang. The Friends of Alaska CASA and Alaska CASA families are keeping Marion in our thoughts and hope that you will too.
And last, but certainly not least, our profound thanks to the following individuals for their help setting up the auction and helping during the auction. We definitely could not do this year after year without your tremendous support:
Suzanne & Larkin Bounds
Debby & Don Hudson
Amber, Jaima, Michael & Tara Jones
Audrey, Sarah & Violet Raffuse
Becky & Michelle Rudisill