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We will be supporting two different charities through AEC and I hope you feel that you can get behind them and we can give a little piece of ourselves to help the men, woman and families of our military.  I personally spent 12 years in the US Marine Corps and and was married to a US Marine for 32 years.  Larry ultimately lost his life because of his duty to this country 7 years ago and our son Casey and I would have struggled beyond our means without the support of Military organizations that were there to help.

 The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Please visit Quilts of Valor Foundation if you would like more information
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.

Please visit Fisher House of you would like more information.
The sewing room will be on the class list for you to sign up for a time spot for you to dedicate to this project if you so choose.

If you would like to create quilt blocks for the Block Drive prior to coming to the conference, that would be wonderful!  We will be honored with at least one State Coordinator from the Quilts of Valor that will be there with us for the weekend!  Jeannie Miller and the Coordinator will be in the sewing room throughout the weekend.  You can bring your own Patriotic fabrics with you and we will be using a couple of block patterns provided by Quilts of Valor and the Accuquilt to cut precise pieces.  Then you sit down and create a quilt block or two...or three.  If you forget to or choose not to bring patriotic fabric with you, we will also have fabric kits that will make 3 quilt blocks for a donation of $5.00.  All donations of the fabric kits will also be donated to the Quilts of Valor.

If you would like to make quilt blocks at home before coming to the conference, please know that they should be of patriotic colors and be 12.5 inches square.  Each block that you make at the conference or bring with you will get you a ticket to a special drawing on Sunday afternoon.

The instructions for Quilts of Valor Block Drive Squares to be made at home can be found at the following link:
It is not necessary, if you make blocks at home that they are the specific pattern of the Block Drive Squares.  But the ones at the conference will be as the Quilts of Valor plan for our conference.

The quilt blocks that we make or collect at AEC will be donated to QOV Region 8 which includes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 x 65) made by a quilt-topper (the Piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a longarmer.  After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.  Quilts are awarded at many different levels:  They may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of QOV's to entire service units returning from combat deployments; they may be awarded at VA's or presented individually.  But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers in unequivocal.

 We have many functions going on during the conference to benefit the Fisher House program.  Vendors and other businesses are donating items that you can buy chances on.  They will all be on display with Ina, the Charity Chairperson each day.  We will also have a function on Saturday Evening and all proceeds will be donated to the Fisher House.  So get your game on for a fun FAT QUARTER GAME NIGHT.  We will sell 3 Fat Quarters for $5.00 and you will play at a table of 10 people.  The winner takes all 30 Fat Quarters and Fisher House gets the donations!  After you have your fill of LRC we will have a couple of rounds of FAT QUARTER BINGO where the winners walk away with the mother load!  You can not bring your own fat quarters for Fat Quarter Game Night.  All fat quarters must be purchased from Ina.  But it's all for a good cause and you may have to get a second suitcase to get all your fat quarters home.  All fat quarters are being donated by wonderful fabric businesses and you are welcome to send donations of good quality fabric to me to be tied up in a bundle for sale that night.  Your name will be on the bundle as an aknowledgement of your generosity.
My address is:
Dawn Wenner
610 Fitzgerald Dr.
Wilmington, NC  28405

We will also have a cash bar set up on Saturday night

Fisher House keeps loved ones together while getting medical care.  Most military families can't afford to travel to and stay in a hotel for an extended period of time while being close to the wounded or sick member that has served all of us.  There are over 75 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 31 Va medical centers across the country and in Germany and England.

Fisher House is the "Ronald McDonald House" for the military.  They also sponsor scholarships for children of military families and military spouses.

"The thing that stands out for me is the sacrifices made by the families.  The warriors deservedly receive public thanks and attention, but the families are less visible.  They are heroes too"
Bill Pope, Fisher House Foundation Trustee

Other ways the Fisher House helps out:

Help us provide free hotel rooms to the families of wounded, injured and ill service members who are undergoing treatment at authorized medical centers when a Fisher House is not available by donating Hotel Rewards Points.

Help us provide airline tickets to wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans and their families in support of their continued recovery process by donating Frequent Flyer Miles.

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