Silent auction features hope chests, rocking motorcycle and more

rocking_horseGenerous and talented quilters and crafters from throughout the region are again bringing in some of their creations to help strengthen families with young children in our community. The Treasure Valley Children’s Relief Nursery will hold its 5th annual Baby Quilt Show & Children’s Boutique at the Four Rivers Cultural Center Oct. 17 (4 to 7 p.m.) and Oct. 18 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Last year, with just under 70 quilts entered in the show, only one entrant requested her quilt be returned – all others were donated to TVCRN, according to executive director Kathie Collins. The quilts are then used to raise money for nursery operations or used in the nursery itself.

“There is something very special about having these ladies come in year after year with one quilt or as many as 20, and having them just give them to us,” Collins said. “The love going into each one of these, whether it’s someone’s first quilt ever, or their 2,000th is extra special because it’s helping our efforts to keep children safe and strengthen families that need help.”

Collins said with about half of all founded abuse endured by children 6 and under, and with Malheur being the highest poverty county in Oregon, the need for Relief Nursery services is significant. This event, she added, benefits families in other ways as well – whether to help raise money or to keep a child warm.

“The House That Art Built, Oregon Trail Hobbies, and Care-o-Sell have all sold quilts for us following our shows without charging a consignment fee; that’s a real blessing,” she said. “But, when families bring children in a stroller when it’s hot out, only to find it’s much colder when they come to pick them up, we’re able to grab a blanket and tuck it in around them for a warm ride home.”

There is no admission charge for the event and the public is encouraged to attend to vote for a favorite quilt. There will be a winning quilter in each of three categories: Best Traditional Baby Quilt, Best Contemporary Baby Quilt, and the Judges’ Top Quilter Award. Attendees will select the “People’s Choice Award Winner” who will receive a hanging quilt rack, custom made and donated by Herbert Miller Cabinets. All winners will receive a gift certificate from The Charm Shack Quilt Shop.

In addition to the show, the event features a silent auction which will include a large wooden rocking horse and a wooden rocking motorcycle courtesy of the Building Construction Technology program at Snake River Correctional Institution, two chests custom made by Chris Wiser and Herbert Miller of Herbert Miller Cabinets, and various theme baskets – most featuring quilts. Five different drawings, each for a quilt from the 2013 event, will be held at 3:30 p.m., just before the Show ends. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Dana Tichenor of Jim’s Refrigeration, Oregon Trail Hobbies, Jeanne Patton Site Design, Maggie Malson  Photography, Ontario Downtown Saturday Market, Karen’s Quilt Studio, The Charm Shack, Marilynn’s Pickets & Patchwork, TWC Inspire, and B&B Printing are sponsoring this year’s event. A dozen vendors will be on hand to help attendeestackle their Christmas gift lists.

A special treat throughout the event will be music provided by piano instructor Rebekah Carter and her students. Food will be available, served by members of the Ontario High School Honor Society, which will keep proceeds earned from food sales.

“If you are looking for a baby shower gift, or if you’re expecting, you don’t want to miss it,” Collins said. “Burp cloths, bibs, booties, receiving blankets, and pillows – as well as some really creative items for babies for young children are here. It’s a sale – and an event.”

More information about TVCRN is available from its website: www.tvcrn.org.