Quilting for a cause: Quilt show to raise funds for cancer patients

The “Unique Boutique and Quilt Show” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, a former carriage house and stable built in the 1800s will be transformed into a “Unique Boutique and Quilt Show.” Seventy quilts, along with a variety of other handmade items, have been donated with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Fund for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical care at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Susan Bass Levin, the CEO and president of the Cooper Foundation, said the foundation’s mission is twofold. The group raises funds to support health-care programs at Cooper University Hospital as well as overseeing Cooper’s community engagement in the city of Camden.

Since 2010, the foundation has sponsored a brunch every year called Pink Roses Teal Magnolias to raise funds for cancers that impact women, including breast cancer, associated with the color pink, and gynecologic cancer, associated with the color teal. Since then, the foundation has expanded the fundraising to take place over a variety of events.

Inspired by an MD Anderson Facility in Texas, the foundation began hosting an online quilt auction two years ago. Bass Levin said one of the foundation’s co-chairs, Carolyn Shelby, belongs to several local quilt guilds, and through her network, she encouraged local quilters to participate in the auction. The first year, the foundation put 50 quilts up for auction.

Bass Levin said they wanted to do something a little different for this year’s event, and Janet Knowles, another foundation co-chair, offered her renovated carriage house and stable for the fundraiser.

On Sept. 29, quilts of all shapes, sizes and colors will be on display and available for purchase in the carriage house. Bass Levin said quilters donated children’s quilts, holiday quilts and a variety of others to the event. In total, around 70 quilts will be available for purchase.

“Each one is just beautiful,” Bass Levin said.

Additionally, jewelry, baby clothes and a variety of handcrafted items will be for sale. A $10 donation is required for entrance to the boutique.

Bass Levin said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to local initiatives. She said the funds will help finance cancer research projects, medicine programs, supportive services for patients in treatment, prescription co-pays and a variety of other programs.

She said there is no fundraising goal. Their aim is simple: To raise as much money as possible to help patients fighting cancer.

“Whatever donation you make will pay tribute to a talented local artist and help a patient who is fighting cancer,” Bass Levin said. “You become a warrior.”

The Unique Boutique and Quilt Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 444 Shady Lane in Moorestown. Tickets can be purchased on The Cooper Foundation’s website at foundation.cooperhealth.org and will also be available at the door.