“Étoiles de Confort” “Stars of Comfort” Quilt A fundraising raffle to help support Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s We Honor Veterans Program The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association (PVQA) has generously donated to Hospice of Santa Cruz County an exquisite quilt entitled Etoiles de Confort (Stars of Comfort). This priceless quilt will be raffled to help raise needed funds to support our Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s We Honor Veteransprogram. This custom queen sized quilt, designed by Betty Whitman, features a stunning collection of cotton, French provincial fabrics which profile 38 machined-pieced stars (each made by a member of PVQA). The quilted stars, featuring popular French-country colors of blue, red and yellow, are set on a delicate off-white print which serves as the backdrop for the dramatic star medallion created by Kristie Shulman. The name of the quilt Etoiles de Confort (Stars of Comfort) has three meanings: Stars of Comfort honors
Recently Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s social worker Nina Garcia and nurse Heather Richardson had the honor of presenting a former World War II nurse with a quilt of comfort and love. “She was smiling from ear to ear and proud (although a little shy) to show it off to her table mates. She looks so happy and pretty in pink.” shared Richardson. Hinemoa “Jo” Ruskin is 93 yrs old and lives at Oak Tree Villa. She was a nurse in the Navy during WWII where she served both in France and the United States working at Field Hospital EVAC 106. Jo’s son said her unit landed at Utah Beach one month after D-Day and followed the front across France and Germany. When Jo was asked to describe her experiences she said she was in the “infantry that won the war” and was quite proud. ” It was very cold
The lucky raffle ticket for the beautiful “We Honor Veterans” quilt was pulled at the annual Hospice of Santa Cruz County Tree of Lights event on Sunday, December 8th (the anniversary weekend of Pearl Harbor). This stunning quilt entitled “Comfort at Pearl Harbor” honors our WWII veterans. It was made and donated by the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association as a fundraiser for Hospice of Santa Cruz County’s We Honor Veterans program. Congratulations to Elaine-Maryse Solari who was delighted beyond words to hear that she was the lucky winner of the “We Honor Veterans” quilt. We also want to extent a sincere thank you to all the folks that purchased raffle tickets and to the Pajaro Valley Quilters that supported our We Honor Veterans fundraiser.
In honor of Veterans Day, and as part of our We Honor Veterans program, HSCC is holding pinning ceremonies with our patients to recognize and thank them for their service to our country. HSCC’s Cathy Conway is pictured with veteran Bob Jackson, and his son Tim. Bob served in the Army in World War II and was a medic during the Battle of the Bulge. We thank Bob and all of our veterans who have served our country with courage and honor.
A Miracle Story from Hospice of Santa Cruz County Community Table- In the last few months Hospice of Santa Cruz County has hosted four community table luncheons with the intent of deepening our connection with our community. These luncheons let us learn more about the individuals who have been touched by Hospice of Santa Cruz County and allows us to find new ways to stay connected. Lenore Doler, a new member of our event fundraising group, the Friends of Hospice, brought her friend Kate Engelbrecht-Crow to one of the community table luncheons. Kate mentioned that one of her hobbies is creating memorial quilts for special loved ones in her life. As a result of her passion, Hospice of Santa Cruz County connected Kate with Bunnie Jacquay, the mother of a 23-year-old veteran who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Bunnie gave Kate a variety of Sgt. Cody Legg’s