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St. Patrick’s raffles provide funds for outreach

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Summer is almost officially here and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is gearing up for their annual Shamrock Festival, an all-day community event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, on the church lawn.

The proceeds from this day of yard sale, book sale, outdoor dinner, raffle drawings and silent auction go toward St. Patrick’s extensive outreach program.

Raffle ticket sales for the handmade quilt and a beautiful 9-foot, custom made bamboo fly rod have begun and will continue while tickets last. Tickets can be purchased from many participating St. Patrick’s members and will also be available for sale from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 15, at the bake sale in front of City Market.

Preparations for Shamrock events are a year-round effort with a variety of church organizations involved. In December, the women of the church host an elegant Christmas Tea. The ladies cook dozens of cookies to sell, bring gourmet light meals and deserts to feed and delight over 100 guests. The proceeds of this event go toward the materials to make a beautiful large queen-size quilt and pillow shams, auctioned at the Shamrock Festival.

The quilters choose a pattern, purchase the materials, and gather in March, bring their sewing machines, rulers, scissors and other sewing supplies, and spend the day measuring, cutting, ironing and carefully sewing together quilt squares. Each completed square is assembled in the church library and, as the day progresses, the top of the gorgeous new quilt appears.

This year’s quilt is the ninth quilt produced by the church’s quilters. This year’s quilt includes shades of blue, beige and rust and will be a beautiful decorative addition in the home of the lucky winner. The women named it, “San Juan Streams” because the colors remind them of the beautiful flowing waters of the San Juan Mountains.

Quilt raffle tickets are sold individually for $1, six for $5, or in packets of 12 tickets for only $10. The women consistently sell out of their raffle tickets, bringing in $5,000, dispersed among community non-profit organizations.

In the meantime, not to be outdone, the men of the church meet to determine what amazing item they will auction at the festival. This year, the men will auction a custom made bamboo fly rod, reel and case. Already, the church’s fly fishing aficionados are having visions of the enormous trout they could catch in the San Juan rivers and lakes using this beautiful new rod.

The fly rod package includes an all-day guided fishing trip on one of the local rivers. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $20 each and fly fishing men and women are already clamoring for the opportunity to win.

Come and purchase some Father’s Day treats at the bake sale in front of City Market, Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m.-noon, and buy a few raffle tickets to support community non-profit organizations. “My motto is ‘Buy many/buy often,’ said Fr. Doug Neel. “Who knows, you could be a lucky winner!”

This story was posted on June 6, 2013.