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Kids invited to paint squares for a raffle quilt to benefit hospital

Date: 9/6/2011

Sept. 7, 2011

By Debbie Gardner

Assistant Editor

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Women’s Club Courtly Quilters are counting on the creativity of children to benefit the children visiting patients at Noble Hospital.

The Courtly Quilters are inviting the city’s youngsters to visit their booth at Colonial Harvest Day on Sept. 24 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and paint a quilt square. The quilters will then use these squares to create a one-of-a-kind quilt that will be raffled off to raise money for a children’s activity center for the waiting room at the hospital.

“The squares of cotton are already pre-cut and they will paint them with their own design in primary colors,” Courtly Quilters spokesperson Mary Husted said. “I like to think of it as a project of children helping children.”

She said would-be-artists would be able to look at test squares painted by the grandchildren of club members in June as a source of inspiration.

According to Husted, the Courtly Quilters will join the children’s hand-painted squares together “very quickly” in the days following Colonial Harvest Day and the finished quilt will be displayed at various locations throughout the city, including the Westfield Athenaeum and Noble Hospital.

Raffle tickets will be priced at $1 each or a book of six for $5. They will be available throughout the fall from any club member or by contacting the hospital’s Community Development office at 562-2811 ext. 5520. The quilt will be raffled off on Dec. 10 during the Westfield Women’s Club Theater Group’s performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

“Noble Hospital is grateful and honored to work with the Westfield Woman’s Club Courtly Quilters to provide an activity center for children visiting the hospital,” Allison Gearing-Kalill, vice president for Community Development at Noble Hospital, said.

For individuals who are not quilt fans, the same raffle ticket purchase can be used to take a chance on the club’s gift basket, called, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which Husted said is filled with $6,000 in merchandise and gift certificates donated by Westfield businesses.

Proceeds from the basket raffle will also benefit the activity center purchase.

Husted told Reminder Publications she came up with the idea of creating a quilt to benefit a children’s charity when Women’s Club President Jose Herrick asked her to think of “something [the Club] could do” at the city’s Colonial Harvest Days. She said Herrick set up the connection with the hospital for proceeds of the raffle to support the children’s activity center purchase.

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