Win a Star Quilt

Each year, to celebrate the spirit of the season and help raise funds to support its massive Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosts an annual star quilt raffle. This year’s quilt has been christened “Sugar Plum.”

Hand-crafted by Cheyenne River tribal member Bonnie LeBeaux, the quilt evokes colors of the sweetness of the season.

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’.

And, we want our supporters to know that 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. We’ll be serving more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across our reservation this year, which is an enormous undertaking—one we simply couldn’t manage without our friends across the country and around the world.”

Supporters can assist with this important fundraiser in four ways:

* Buy tickets using Square or PayPal

* Sell tickets

* Spread the word by telling family and friends

* Share raffle details through social media

Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a six-ticket packet. All proceeds benefit CRYP’s 2020 Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive.

Purchase Tickets Using Square

 

Purchase Tickets Using PayPal


The 2020 Lakota Star Quilt Raffle runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 23. The drawing will take place on December 29 via Facebook Live. 

Sell Tickets

Please call (605) 964-8200 or send an email to Julie Garreau at julie.cryp@gmail.com. She will send as many tickets as you request; they come in books of six. Once you receive your tickets, along with a quilt photo and information sheet, you will be responsible for selling those tickets. All tickets need to be turned in by Dec. 23 so CRYP can conduct the drawing as planned on December 29.

EXPLORE FAMILY SERVICES

Membership

In an effort to empower our families and place their future in their own hands, CRYP offers a membership program, whereby families of our youth participants pay an annual fee of $30 to have access to special services and supplies. Learn more about Family Services Membership.

Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive

For many years now, the Cheyenne River Youth Project has been bringing joy to families on Christmas day through our annual Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive. The Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive is not just about the gifts that children receive under their tree – it is about the gift of hope and wishes fulfilled. Learn more about the Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive.

Other Services

The Family Services Program also provides many other services and assistance programs, some of which are seasonal or annual. Learn more about Other Services.