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Saturday’s Live Auction of Quilted Artworks to Benefit Breast Cancer Services

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Cancer, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Fifty exquisite, handmade quilts will be up for the highest bid during the 2017 Breast Cancer Quilt Auction beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Buhler Specialty Pavilion on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, 2800 L St. Meanwhile, silent bids for about 450 other fabric works of art hanging on the hospital campus will continue Saturday morning until bidding is closed at 1 p.m.

Each of the quilts is a work of art created specially for the auction, which supports breast cancer services at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. None of them is just tied; they are all quilted by artisans in the Sacramento region and across the nation.

The quilts, which make unique holiday gifts, range in size from little over a foot, such as “Spirit,” to giant size, such as the 8-foot tapestry, “Around Town.” Patterns range from traditional block designs to intricate art pieces depicting animals, flowers, landscapes and even city scenes. There are quilts for children with Disney and other kid-friendly themes, and some with a breast cancer theme, including one, “Eenie Meenie,” made from unused bikini tops from a bathing suit manufacturer. A number have Christmas or winter themes. All of them, however, were made with the breast cancer auction in mind, with most of them created in remembrance of a family member or friend who either survived or succumbed to the disease.

“These folks didn’t just donate their used quilts,” said Jeanne Powell, auction committee chairwoman and a two-time breast-cancer survivor. “They’ve devoted many hours to creating each one and then donating them for services benefiting those with breast cancer.”

Started in 1999, the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction is held every three years and is considered the first of its kind in the nation. More than $650,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 3,000 quilts in the past six auctions.

Returning as auctioneer this year is Sacramento business leader Larry Brasher, whose Brasher’s Auto Auction was an area fixture for decades.

The quilts are located on all floors of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion, which houses the Sutter Cancer Center, as well as on the first floors of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center and Sutter Capitol Pavilion.

This is the first auction since the opening of the new Women’s and Children’s Center at 2825 Capitol Ave., whose first floor serves as the main lobby for the medical center, and the bare walls there have been turned into gallery-style showcases for auction quilts. The walkway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, at 2725 Capitol Ave., was set aside as walls for local artwork and is also adorned with quilts.

Photos of the quilts, along with more information on the auction, can be seen at www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction/. The auction is presented by the philanthropic arm for Sacramento’s premier, not-for-profit medical campus, the Sutter Medical Center Foundation.

If you have questions about the auction, please call 916-887-7070.

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Cancer, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments