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Quilt is focus of Women's Center fund-raising campaign (Released: 12/4/95)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn -- A handcrafted quilt honoring women will help to raise money for the University of Connecticut's Women's Center.

The traditional women's art of quilting was chosen as the focus for the fund-raiser because of the historical significance of the craft, says Elizabeth Mejia, associate director of the women's center. "Often women told stories through a quilt's patterns and design, family histories were saved and passed on from generation to generation, and women often used quilting to raise money for their own livelihood or for civic causes," Mejia says. "This quilt was created to serve as a vehicle to honor women who have been an inspiration to us."

For a donation, the name of a woman honored will be embroidered on the quilt. People can honor their mothers, friends, family members, mentors, or even an historical figure -- any woman who has touched their lives in a special way, Mejia says.

The quilt, designed in a farmer's daughter pattern, has been crafted by Silvia Jobbagy of Coventry. Jobaggy, Mejia's sister, donated her services to support the women's center. The Pratt and Whitney engineer runs a quilting and knitting business from her home.

The stories of the women whose names are embroidered on the quilt will be printed in a booklet that will accompany the quilt when it is displayed, Mejia says.

For a donation of between $25 and $50, the name of the woman will be embroidered on the quilt, and her story commemorated in the booklet. A donation of $50 to $100 offers the same, as well as a card from the women's center to the woman honored informing her of the donation. For $100 or more, the donor also will receive a copy of the booklet.

The quilt will be unveiled in March. It will be displayed on campus and permanently housed at the women's center, where Mejia says, "It will serve as an inspiration to future generations of women."

The women's center's mission is to educate, advocate and provide support services toward the achievement of women's equity at the University and in the community at large. Services include crisis intervention, advocacy, training and consulting, speaker services, educational programming, support and discussion groups, information and referrals, and library services. Last year th e center reached more than 17,000 people through its services.

If you wish to make a donation, call (860) 486-4738 or send a check to the University of Connecticut Women's Center, U-118, Storrs, CT 06269. Include the name of the women you wish to honor and a paragraph describing why you are honoring them.

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