SPRINGERVILLE — Since 1960, White Mountain Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has raffled hand quilted quilts to raise money. The money raised is to benefit the many hospital projects, which in turn benefits our community. For the past few years the funds have been used for scholarships, which are awarded to scholars in the WMRMC service area for health related careers.
This year the Auxiliary has another quilt (Hanging Gardens) that was designed by Georgette Dell’Orco, pieced by Terri Slade and quilted by Verna Lund (Auxiliary member) and Terri Slade (Verna’s daughter).
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets can be purchased at White Mountain Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Gift Shop in Springerville, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, at the hospital lobby. Proceeds from the quilt raffle will be used for health related scholarships.
If you go back through the history of the WMRMC Auxiliary making handmade quilts is nothing new. The first quilt (Pansy design) was made by Mrs. Gordon Cowley of St. Johns and Marge Hearn of Springerville. Then Lorna Eagar, Lula Merrill and Verna Lund donated a quilt to raffle in 1962. Other names found in the minutes were Leila Turley, Roselda Wilkins and Innis Brown. In the '80s Auxiliary and community members would gather at Lucille Greenwood’s home to quilt the various quilts. Then Jean Hall took the baton and she began having the quilting bees in her home. For the past 13 years Verna Lund has been providing a hand quilted quilt for the Auxiliary to be raffled.
Last year the Auxiliary gave out eight scholarships for a total of $7,000 and they thank everyone in advance for purchasing raffle tickets this year. Be assured and proud knowing that your purchase is helping local residents pursuing a career in the medical field.