Quilt for Life Show and Auction to Support Cancer Screening Program

Volunteer Project to Benefit Health Partnership of Monroe County

August 11, 2008

An array of unique handmade art quilts will be displayed and auctioned off at a free show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 at Harmony House, 58 East Main St., Webster, in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for life-saving cancer screening.

Quilt for Life challenged area quilters and clubs to design art quilts using a small starter kit of fabric and the theme “Tree of Life.” Volunteer organizers of this first-ever event asked quilters to donate their projects for an auction, with proceeds to benefit the Health Partnership of Monroe County (HPMC). Formerly known as the Women’s Health Partnership, HPMC is a program of the Center for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center that provides free cancer screenings for adults who are uninsured or under-insured.

Quilt for Life volunteers, a small group of women who wanted to find a way to raise funds and awareness for HPMC, have collected more than 50 unique, hand-crafted works of art for the show. In addition to entries from Rochester-area quilters, art quilts have been submitted from other parts of the state, including Wellsville, Cortland and Sackets Harbor, N.Y. One entry was submitted by a quilter from Gasville, Ark.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of those who’ve created art quilts, and of those who aren’t quilters but have offered their help in organizing this project,” said Karen Tanney, a volunteer Quilt for Life organizer. “Each quilt entered is a unique representation of the Tree of Life theme and each quilter has a personal reason for getting involved in the project. Some are cancer survivors and many have had loved ones who’ve battled cancer.”

“The Health Partnership of Monroe County is deeply touched by the enthusiasm and generosity shown by these quilters and the group of women who have organized the show and auction,” said HPMC Director Lisa Bowdey. “The hope and strength suggested through the Tree of Life theme is strongly represented on these cloth canvases. We look forward to seeing them all assembled at the Harmony House and seeing the response of the viewers and buyers. The choice to use the funds from this auction to benefit the Health Partnership program brings hope to the uninsured in our community through increased access to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.”

The Quilt for Life Art Quilt Show and Auction is free and open to the public. Quilts will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16. Bidding through silent auction will be open until 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information or to preview some of the quilts, visit www.quiltforlifechallenge.com.

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