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Emerge, Inc. named Quilt Raffle beneficiary

By Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival

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“Noah’s Ark” Quilt, grand prize of FCTF Quilt Raffle with Donna Jackson of Emerge, Inc. (standing left) and Erika Cueto, Lesko & Polke Funeral Home representative (standing right); Cecily Zerega, quilt maker and Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Honorary Board member (sitting) (contributed photo)
Fairfield, CT - Emerge, Inc. has been chosen as the Quilt Raffle beneficiary of the 2012 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival. The mission of Emerge, Inc. has been to inspire women and children, who are homeless survivors of domestic violence, to transform their lives by providing safe housing and support services.

All proceeds from this Quilt Raffle will support Emerge’s safe housing, counseling for both mothers and their children, financial planning and household budgeting, employment/job skills assistance, support groups, parenting skills and post program follow-up. Since 1995, Emerge has provided services to 37 women and 69 children, with a success rate of 98%.

The grand prize of the Quilt Raffle is a beautiful 4-ft x 5-ft machine-pierced and hand-quilted  "Noah’s Ark" Quilt designed and created by Fairfield artist Cecily Zerega.  Featuring “Noah”, his wife and 25 pairs of intricately made animals, this is a true work of art valued at $500.00. Mrs. Zerega, who is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, has focused on textiles for many years and has been designing quilts for the Christmas Tree Festival since the inception of the Festival over 30 years ago.  Her work has also been displayed in many venues and has benefitted a wide variety of good causes. 

Photo of second prize quilt, “Noah’s Ark Misfits” (contributed photo)
In addition to the priceless grand prize quilt, the second prize of the Quilt Raffle is a machine-pierced and hand-quilted “Noah’s Ark Misfits” valued at $150.00. Third prize is a 14” x 30” handmade holiday table runner designed and created by Edie Faile, which is valued at $75.00. The Quilt Raffle is generously sponsored by Lesko & Polke Funeral home.

Photo of third prize holiday runner (contributed photo)
There will be two opportunities to purchase quilt raffle tickets prior to the Festival opening. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Fairfield University Bookstore on 1499 Post Road in Fairfield on Saturday, November 10th from 10am-2pm and at the “Santa Comes To Fairfield” event on Fairfield’s Sherman Green on Saturday, November 24th from 10am-2pm. Quilt raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased during the Festival from November 30th to December 2nd at the Burr Homestead in Fairfield.

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