Residents Craft Special Quilt for Excellence is Ageless Auction
Lutheran SeniorLife’s Excellence Is Ageless Gala, Lutheran SeniorLife's signature fundraising event, has netted more than $1M for benevolent care since its inception in 2004. A portion of these donations are raised through a silent auction held at the Gala. Some of the items up for bid are original works of art, handcrafted by Passavant Retirement Community residents, family members and employees.
One of this year’s auction items is the Rainbow Quilt, a service project lovingly crafted by the Y.A.P. group. The group is comprised of residents who have either special physical or cognitive needs. One member of the group wrote the following poem about the meaning behind the colors used in the Rainbow Quilt:
God set the rainbow in the clouds as a reminder of the
Covenant between Him and the Earth.
That He will never again let the waters become a flood to
Destroy all life on Earth.
Everyone at Y.A.P. helped to make this quilt.
With loving kindness it was built!
May this quilt wrap you in its warmth.
And keep you from the chill of winter's wrath.
It is made up of all seven colors of the rainbow.
If you do not know what they are, I will tell you.
So you will know.
Green is the color of life and hope.
This color is all over the countryside as well as the
Blue is the color of the sky and sea.
It represents the waters of the earth, as well as the sky's peace and serenity.
Yellow is the color of the sun, moon and stars.
It is also credited with bringing laughter, gaiety and warmth
To a world full of scars.
Orange is the color of health and strength.
It is the color of the most important vitamins in human health.
Red is the color of blood, passion, love, danger and bravery.
Purple is the color of power and royalty.
It is also a sign of wisdom and authority.
Indigo is the color of silence.
We need it for reflection, contrast and balance.
Residents, family or staff members interested in donating a handcrafted item for the Excellence is Ageless silent auction should call Frances Grabowski at the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation at (724) 453-6013.
Renee Pekor, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation (l), and Frances Grabowski, director of annual giving (r) show off the Rainbow Quilt.