2023 Winter Solstice Star Quilt Raffle
Each year, to celebrate the spirit of the season and help raise funds to support our massive Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, CRYP hosts an annual star quilt raffle. This year’s quilt has been named “Blue Moon.”
Hand-crafted by Cheyenne River tribal member Bonnie LeBeaux, this queen-size quilt captures the cool, silvery hues of a rare blue moon on the South Dakota prairie.
About Bonnie LeBeaux
Quilting has been Bonnie’s passion since she returned home from the US Navy, and has since been creating through quilting. She grew up watching her mother and grandmother at their sewing machines, designing beautiful items at their kitchen tables. She has been inspired by them from a very young age. She recalls sewing make shift “pockets” onto bags at the age of 8 with her mother’s new sewing machine. She currently owns and operates her own quilting business; Bonnie LeBeaux Quilts and Jewelry.
Bonnie customizes each quilt, using alternate fabrics if it is critical to the design or requested by her customer. Employing designs that are relevant to the Lakota, Bonnie’s quilts depict a variety of traditional symbolism, including specific color combinations, animal patterns, and other various designs. Additionally, she has created stunning designs rendering flags and war bonnets in intricate patterns with eye-catching colors. Her work is predominately contemporary, although the traditional influence of Lakota culture is always discernable in her work.
Bonnie was born on April 5, 1973 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Wigmunke Was’te Win, is her Lakota name, given to her by her Grandmother Marcella, meaning Pretty Rainbow Woman. She is a descendent of Chief Four Bear and Rain-in-the-Face. On her mother’s side she belongs to the Red Forehead and Weaver Clans of the Dine’.
All funds raised through raffle ticket sales will benefit our Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, which is one of our longest-running and most important programs.
You can help this important fundraiser by buying tickets using the form below, selling tickets to others and spreading the word to friends and family.
We’ll be serving more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across our reservation this year. This is an enormous undertaking—one we simply couldn’t manage without our friends across the country and around the world.
Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a six-ticket packet. All proceeds benefit CRYP’s 2023 Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive.
Tickets are available for purchase through 12:00 noon MT on Monday, December 25, 2023. The drawing will take place on Friday, December 29, 2023.
If you’d like to support CRYP by selling star quilt raffle tickets in your community, please call (605) 964-8200 or email Julie Garreau at email@example.com. You will be responsible for selling the tickets you request.
Sold tickets must be returned to CRYP via snail mail or scan/email by noon MT on December 25 to be included in the December 29 drawing.
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