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Quilt raffle raises $4,500 for non-profit agencies

Connie Bocchieri, Reston, Virginia, left, is the winner of a quilt raffle organized by former Mt. Morris resident Karen Clark. The quilt was donated by Beth Kalbfus, Oregon. Photo supplied
Connie Bocchieri, Reston, Virginia, left, is the winner of a quilt raffle organized by former Mt. Morris resident Karen Clark. The quilt was donated by Beth Kalbfus, Oregon. Photo supplied

Former Mt. Morris resident Karen Clark raised $4,500 in the last year raffling off a quilt donated by Beth Kalbfus.

The proceeds of the raffle were split between five non-profit agencies.

Connie Bocchieri, Reston, Virginia, the winner of the quilt, was thrilled with her prize.

“I am so excited to have won such a precious quilt,” she said. “It is absolutely beautiful! You should be really proud of your efforts and I know that the people whom you help and give so generously to really appreciate it.” 

The five agencies Clark chose are the Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Manor, Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, Mt. Morris Fire Department, Rolling Thunder Charities, and Help 4 the Homeless.  

The first three are located in Mt. Morris and the other two are in Virginia, where Clark lives.

Throughout the year, Clark not only fund raises but also raises awareness about agencies the money goes to.  

Help 4 the Homeless has been helping the homeless in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area since 1983. 

Clark and her fellow volunteers at Help 4 the Homeless feed and clothe people in need.

Clark also puts together clothing drives for Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.  

“My goal is to help those women who cannot afford good clothing to go to Dress for Success and pick out the clothing they need for an interview, get a job and then get back on their feet,” Clark said. 

Mt. Morris Fire Chief Rob Hough will use the donation for upgrading equipment and training.  

The Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Nursing Home helps those who have outlived their resources, and more than 50 percent of the residents are receiving financial assistance.

The mission of Loaves and Fish Food Pantry is to distribute food and other commodities to those people in need in the Mt. Morris and Leaf River areas who find themselves in need.  

Loaves and Fish has a garden across the street from the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren that supplies fresh vegetables.

Rolling Thunder Charities is actively involved year-round in promoting legislation to increase veteran benefits and resolve the POW/MIA issue from all wars. 

They It also provides financial support, food, clothing and other essentials to veterans, veterans’ families, veterans groups, and women’s’ crisis centers. 

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