The Bentley Library Society has just wrapped up another of their fundraisers. The lucky winner of their quilt raffle was drawn on recently at the Bentley Municipal library.
Joann Griffin from Bentley is now the proud owner of the queen-size handmade quilt.
The cost of materials and the work was all donated, as was the cost of the printing of the tickets, so all proceeds from ticket sales was profit. This year that came to $872, down slightly from last year, said Arlene Tanasiuk, library society treasurer. “I don’t know if people just had less money to part with this year or what,” she said. Of the 500 tickets printed 87 per cent were sold.
The queen-size quilt, done in the triple Irish chain pattern this year, had been fashioned by the International Quilters group from Rimbey, of which Tanasiuk is a member. All year long, except during the two summer months, members of the group meet regularly to quilt, while socializing, of course. They have space to set up in the International Truck Museum in Rimbey and in return make a quilt and donate it to the museum for that society to raffle off as a fundraiser. Six to eight ladies at a time meet weekly and make a number of quilts throughout the year, most for charities and other good causes.
The quilt raffle is only one of the fundraisers for the Bentley Library Society who support and promote the local library and its many programs.
Another fundraiser the society had was serving and selling lunch at the regular Bentley Saturday Farmer’s Market for two weeks.