Donated quilt brings extra money to county senior center

Linda Combs, left, won the quilt in the background in a drawing at the December music jam at the Eagleton Center. Also pictured, from left, are raffle sponsor Florence Williams, Senior Center Director Pat Mills and Mark Wheeler, a musician who’s played at several of the jams that Williams organized at the center. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

ight’ve been disappointed that her raffled quilt raised $233 for senior services at the Eagleton Center, but no one else was.

Pat Mills, director of the center, said in hard economic times the money was very welcome.

“We can use it for carry-in dinners, extra activities, just about anything we need,” said Mills, who presented the quilt to the winner Dec. 27.

When Mills drew the winning raffle ticket at the monthly jam session Williams hosts at the center, she learned the quilt would go home with Linda Combs of Independence.

Combs came to the center with Mark Wheeler, a Kansas City, Kan. musician who performs at the jam when he can. He’s the son of Shirley Wheeler, the Carrollton country singer who’s performed at the Farris Theatre several times and is known for her vocal talent.

Williams displayed the quilt on the Eagleton stage, where Combs fell in love with it.

“I just thought it was very beautiful and I said we need to buy some tickets,” the winner said.

Raffle tickets sold for $1 apiece or six for $5, and Combs said she bought more than one.

Williams is a quilter, but the patchwork piece raffled off  was one she bought at the Catholic Church bazaar in Richmond. She organized the raffle with the sole purpose of helping senior citizens.

“I just thought it would benefit the senior services here and I just donated the quilt to be raffled,” she said.

Williams said she had hoped the quilt would earn more money, but Mills reassured her the money would be very helpful.

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