Winters Rotary Club announces quilt raffle winner

Ben, Elizabeth, and Auggie Nelson (L-R) standing with the quilt Elizabeth won in the Rotary Quilt Raffle. All proceeds go to help community members who lost homes in the summer fires. Courtesy photo

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By Rebecca Fridae
Special to the Express

Winters resident, Elizabeth Nelson bought the winning ticket in the Winters Rotary Quilt Raffle held last Thursday at the Zoom Rotary Club of Winters meeting.

“My goodness, I never win anything,” she exclaimed when told that she had won.

Nelson said she had meant to buy tickets earlier, but as it got closer to the date of the drawing, she went to Pacific Ace Hardware and bought five. “I can hardly believe it,” she said.

The Winters Rotary Club held the raffle to raise money for the families who lost their homes in the recent fires. A little more than $1,000 was raised from ticket sales for the cause.

The quilt was designed, sewn and donated by former Winters resident, Diane Lis, as her contribution to help her former community. She said she was already working on the quilt — which features a pattern of houses — in Baja where she and her husband Edmund moved after retiring. When the fires occurred in August, she felt it was meant to be; she was creating houses when others were losing theirs. So she had the impulse to donate it to help people in the community.

She got in touch with Rebecca Fridae, who then worked with Winters Rotary Club to put on the raffle. The community stepped up to help out, once again. Charley Wallace designed and printed tickets and posters, and several businesses in town agreed to display the quilt and sell tickets.

Winters Healthcare, The Winters Hotel, The Winters Collective, First Northern Bank and Pacific Ace Hardware all helped with the endeavor. Pacific Ace sold the most tickets, including the winning one. The quilt was displayed in some of those businesses for two-week intervals for more people to see it.

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