Veterans’ Quilt winner drawn
70 quilts were spread throughout the fellowship hall of Clement Baptist Church
during a quilt show held on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Each quilt
told a story, but only one would get the crowd’s attention that Saturday
afternoon as Sheriff Dewey Jones prepared to draw the winning ticket for the
Veterans’ Quilt crafted by the Clement Quilters.
one of a kind quilt represented all areas of the military with emblems for the
Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy and was made as a way to say
“thank you” to the many men and women who have served our country and to
remember PFC Richie Jones.
the winner was…Person County native Elliott Chandler.
is fitting that Mr. Chandler take home this quilt. He served in the Air Force
and attended PCC in the early days,” said Beth Townsend, Executive Director of
the Piedmont Community College (PCC) Foundation. “Mr. Chandler gave his
donation to the scholarship fund and had no intention of winning anything, but
I’m so glad he did.”
Clement Quilters also made five pillows with the remaining military material.
The pillow winners were: Frankie Gentry, Louise Sherman, Sam Parham, Hassel
(Pete) Rudder and Elliott Chandler.
to Friday, the quilt was displayed at various locations, including Roxboro
Savings Bank, Person County Farm Bureau, and PCC. In addition, tickets for the
quilt were available at S. P. Gentry Store, Hurdle Mills Market and Butcher
Shop, Flat River Café, Country Kitchen, Timberlake Convenience (formerly Bart’s
Shell), Woody’s Sales & Service, Mangum’s Store, and Robert’s Service Mart.
Community College is honored to be involved with the efforts to remember Richie
for his sacrifice and to say thank you to the many veterans in our community,”
said Townsend. “We are also grateful to the numerous individuals and businesses
that assisted in raising funds for this endowment.”
of the “Forever Remembering PFC Richie Jones Scholarship Endowment” committee
declared the quilt drawing as their final fundraiser for this unique
scholarship endowment created to assist PCC students. With a goal of $30,000,
representing $1 per person in Person County, the committee began its
fundraising effort in August 2010 and held many events, including a motorcycle
ride, songfest, golf tournament, car show, restaurant fundraisers and finally,
the Veterans’ Quilt Drawing.
the help of the Clement Quilters, the quilt drawing raised $1,485. Total funds
rose since 2010 are $29,100. “This scholarship has already benefitted two PCC
students. Next year, the scholarship committee hopes to name an additional
three recipients,” Townsend said. “These funds are making a difference in our
community because of our community. That is something to take