Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

October 20, 2006 18:25 ET

Canadian Cancer Society: National Acclaim for Local Charitable Event

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2006) - The Patches of Hope Quilt Auction recently received a national Circle of Distinction Award from the Canadian Cancer Society. The award recognizes team effort between society volunteers and staff in contributing to the goals and mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Patches of Hope Quilt Auction brings quilters and the community together to help build support for people living with cancer; to raise funds for patient support programs and cancer research; and to showcase quilting as an art form. This year, quilters across the province donated a record 124 quilts to pay tribute to a cancer survivor; to honor the memory of someone who has lost the battle with this devastating disease; or simply to support this worthwhile cause.

"I'm thrilled our team has been recognized for its hard work and dedication," says event chair Brenda Caswell. "Cancer is a disease that touches us all and this event means a great deal to everyone involved - the quilters, volunteers and celebrities."

The 2006 Patches of Hope Quilt Auction is scheduled for Thursday October 26, 2006, at Regina's Queensbury Convention Centre. The event will once again be hosted by Corner Gas stars, Janet Wright (Emma) and Gabrielle Miller (Lacey) and features a one-of-a-kind Corner Gas themed quilt stitched by cast members under the guidance of an expert quilter.

This year, proceeds will go toward cancer research and the Cancer Society's innovative client advocate program in Saskatchewan. Organizers hope to raise $55,000 this year, bringing the five-year total to $176,000.

For more information about Patches of Hope visit www.cancer.ca/patchesofhope.

Patches of Hope is made possible through the generous support of sponsors like SaskCentral, Brown Communications Group, Data Business Forms, Queensbury Convention Centre - IPSCO Place and Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.

Background information

In 2002, employees of Brown Communications Group created the Patches of Hope Quilt Auction and invited Saskatchewan quilters to express their experiences with cancer in a positive and creative way.

The highlight of this event is a live auction of a selection of quilts, and a silent auction of quilted and non-quilted items. To date, the event has raised $121,000. Our goal this year is to raise $55,000 to bring the five-year total to $176,000.

The proceeds will support Saskatchewan's innovative Canadian Cancer Society Client Advocate Program as well as cancer research. This year's event will be held Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at Regina's Queensbury Convention Centre.

The 2006 quilt auction will once again be hosted by Corner Gas star's Janet Wright (Emma) and Gabrielle Miller (Lacey). A special feature of this year's auction is a Corner Gas themed quilt, stitched by several cast members with the help of expert quilters.

A second Celebrity Quilt, sponsored by Northgate Sewing and Peachtree Heirlooms, features the handiwork of Saskatchewan celebrities like Brad Johnner, Joan McCusker and Jack Semple. The celebrities gathered in September to stitch quilt blocks under the guidance of expert quilters.

Tickets are available at all Saskatchewan offices of the Canadian Cancer Society, and in Regina at Curves, Brown Communications and Northgate Sewing/Peachtree Heirlooms.


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