Respect quilt to be raffled

Matthew Gerding, IV Leader Editor

A quilt representing the IVCC core value of respect is be raffled off with all proceeds going to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry in LaSalle. The Respect Quilt is the brainchild of Kim Herout, Marlene Merkel and Francie Skoflanc with collaboration from divisions around the school.
“Respect” was the theme of the quilt and each department was asked to share what that meant to them. Once the ideas were gathered 35 squares were designed by Merkel
Many hands helped shape the quilt. Herout created purple squares that have the word respect in different languages as well as working on the layout of the quilt. Merkel cut out the squares and sewed the top. The quilt was then given to Gina Elias who did the quilting along with donating the batting and quilting thread.
The material used for the quilt, a special fabric that can be run through a printer, was donated by Quilter’s Garden in Princeton and D’s Sewing in Peru. Monetary donations were given by employees of IVCC.
The respect quilt is the last of a yearlong fundraising project that included events such as: Easter basket distribution. cookouts, food drives, penny wars, zombie photo contest, a craft fair, the great book giveaway and a lasagna dinner. All events were held for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry and raised $4,754.78 and 2,128 lbs. of food.
The quilt is on display in E link next to the Learning Commons until April 27 and then will be outside the Foundation office. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for the raffle can buy them from Sandy Beard in the Foundation office
Tickets are $2 a piece or three for $5. The winner will be drawn May 11.