Quilts of Valor fundraiser Saturday in Underwood [UPDATED]Published 8:58am Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated 11:00am Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Once again Underwood and Ottertail area residents are stepping up to the plate for Quilts of Valor. Fundraising and good times will be an all-day event on Saturday in Underwood.
Most of the events will take place at the American Legion in Underwood. Main sponsors are Lions clubs in Underwood and Ottertail as well as the Underwood American Legion.
Quilts of Valor is a non-profit organization dedicated to making handmade quilts for wounded members of the U.S. military. Volunteer quilters in Otter Tail County have participated with this effort since 2005.
Corn beef and cabbage, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, will be served, starting at 11 a.m. and running to 6 p.m. Green beer will be an added attraction, with a free-will offering. A bake sale starts at 10 a.m. and silent auction runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wine tasting runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and a quilt raffle will be held at 6 p.m.
Proceeds from Saturday’s event will be used to assist Quilts of Valor volunteers from Otter Tail County. Financial support offsets the cost of supplies to make and deliver the quilts.
Those who want to donate auction items can call 218-770-6264. Checks can be forwarded to Quilts of Valor, c/o American Legion Post 489, Box 61, Underwood, MN 56586-0061.
Quilts of valor
Quilts of Valor, established in 2003, is dedicated to the goal of covering all wounded U.S. soldiers, including service members from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Otter Tail County began its participation with Quilts of Valor in 2005.
Eight quilters from Perham, seven years ago, got together to stitch quilts for U.S. military veterans. Within a short period of time, quilters from St. James Church, Maine Township, and Fergus Falls formed additional groups.
American Legion Post 489 of Underwood and the Underwood Lions Club joined in support for Quilts of Valor. For the past three years they’ve held a fundraising event on St. Patrick’s Day. Money is used to purchase materials that go into quilts and for the cost of delivery.
In May, 2010, over 600 hand-made quilts were delivered to soldiers at Ft. Knox, Ky. Fellowship between the soldiers and quilters was the order of the day.