Quilt Raffle Will Fund at Least One Scholarship

This article was originally published in The Mennonite August 1, 2013 written by Ruth Lapp Guengerich.

Mennonite Women USA event raised more than $800 at Phoenix convention. 

Rhoda Keener, Mennonite Women USA’s co-director, from Shippensburg, Pa., bought lots of tickets in a quilt raffle during the organization’s exhibit at the Phoenix 2013 convention. Photo by Everett J. Thomas.

On July 5, Lauralee Kauffman (right), from Iowa City, Iowa, won a quilt raffled off by Mennonite Women USA. The quilt was made by the board’s secretary, Maria Harnish (left) as a fund-raiser.

A Mennonite Women USA raffle resulted in Lauralee Kauffman, Iowa City, Iowa, winning a T-shirt quilt during the Phoenix 2013 convention July 1-5. More than $800 worth of tickets were purchased by women and men who visited the Mennonite Women USA booth during the Phoenix 2013 convention.

Kauffman, a self-professed collector of quilts and a quilter in her own right, said she is dreaming of creative ways to display the quilt in her own church, East Union Mennonite of Kalona, Iowa, as well as other churches in her community.


The quilt was assembled by Marie Harnish, Indianapolis. Harnish was inspired to create the quilt in response to a discussion at the Mennonite Women USA board meeting in 2012. Harnish serves as the secretary on the Mennonite Women USA board of directors. What is a Mennonite woman? was the question. The answers are multifaceted.

Harnish’s vision was further inspired by searching for  T-shirts at local thrift stores, where she found many T-shirts with images of women, Scripture and slogans by and about women.

From the colorful backing fabric, which was donated by Fanni Birky of Goshen, Ind., to each T-shirt, there is significance in all aspects of the quilt.

The proceeds from the quilt will go toward the various ministries of Mennonite Women USA, including scholarships for women studying theology around the world, Sister Care seminars, locally and internationally, Timbrel magazine and the annual Bible study guide.

Co-director Rhoda Keener said that the income from the raffle tickets will fund at least one scholarship for theological study.

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