Quilt Auction Featured at CMC Foundation's Fall Dinner

    October 11, 2010


    JOSHUA TREE, CA – In addition to guest speaker Congressman Jerry Lewis, the Copper Mountain College Foundation’s Fall Dinner on October 23, 2010 at 6 p.m. will feature the auction of a quilt, handcrafted by local resident JoAnne Flock. The quilt created by JoAnne and her friends will be the annual tribute to the original quilt which holds its place in the history of CMC. Last year, the quilt made by Carol Babcock, the daughter of recent CMC graduate and longtime Foundation supporter, Genevieve Salisbury, raised $1,200 for the Foundation with the winning bid going to Sam & Karen Provost of Twentynine Palms. CMC President, Dr. Roger Wagner, will once again conduct the auction in his winning Midwest style, a real crowd pleaser that is now considered part of the event’s entertainment.

    JoAnne and her friends met once a week to create the quilt that she says, “has a very strong desert and southwestern feel, and wonderful colors.” Each week the friends met, were given their instructions, but were never told what the final “mystery quilt” would look like. The quilt is one of JoAnne’s favorites, and she is pleased that its sale will benefit higher education in the Morongo Basin. JoAnne has been a member of the local quilting group, “Cactus Sewables,” for two years and she believes that quilting, especially with other enthusiasts, is a very worthwhile experience.

    In July 1981, Morongo Basin residents Kay Vilott and Ada Hatch inspired the founding of The Friends of Copper Mountain College (later the Copper Mountain College Foundation) by raffling a quilt that contained within its patchwork the community’s dream of a local college. Rotarians, Soroptimists, military personnel, office holders, local business owners, and the residents of the Morongo Basin took up the cause and together raised almost two million dollars. The groundbreaking for the college occurred in February 1983, and the campus was officially opened in April 1984. A month later in May 1984, Kay, Ada and a large contingent of Friends were honored by President Reagan at the White House with the Volunteer Action Award, a medal that proudly proclaims CMC as a “Community College Built by the Community.”

    Admission to the Fall Dinner event is $125 per person, and includes a hosted reception and dinner. To register to attend or to become a sponsor of the Fall Dinner, please contact the CMC Foundation at 760.366.3791 ext. 5012 or visit www.theCMCF.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit the mission of the Copper Mountain College Foundation to expand educational opportunities in the Morongo Basin.

    Attached photo by Diana Morris: “CMCF Quilt Auction,” 1.6M

    Caption: Quilt creator JoAnne Flock (left), and Copper Mountain College Foundation Board President Cathy Larson (right), display the quilt to be auctioned off at the annual Fall Dinner on October 23, 2010, in honor of the Foundation’s first fundraising efforts in 1981.