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. The group said its success rate is 98%.
The grand prize of the Quilt Raffle is a 4-foot by 5-foot 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, the quilt is valued at $500.
Zerega, 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 its inception more than 30 years ago. Her work has also been displayed in many venues and has benefited a variety of causes.
Second prize in the Quilt Raffle is a machine-pierced and hand-quilted “Noah’s Ark Misfits,” valued at $150.
Third prize is a 14-inch by 30-inch handmade holiday table runner designed and created by Edie Faile, which is valued at $75.
The Quilt Raffle is sponsored by Lesko & Polke Funeral home.
There will be two opportunities to purchase quilt raffle tickets prior to the Festival opening. Tickets will be sold at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the “Santa Comes To Fairfield” event on Sherman Green Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quilt raffle tickets are $5 each and can be purchased during the festival, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Burr Homestead.
Information on Emerge, Inc., is available at 203-375-8610, on Facebook or at emerge-inc.org.