Charity Quilt Challenge & Jim Hamre Scholarship Fund Benefit Auction
The Virgina Star Quilters And The Rail Passengers Association Bring You The 2019 'Out My Window' Charity Quilt Challenge & Benefit Auction
The Challenge's Theme Is 'Out My Window' - What You Can See Out The Windows Of A Train
Over twenty talented quilters have produced original works of art, all based on this theme!
The quilts were debuted at a showing in early April at the Rail Nation DC gathering.
They will be displayed at four additional locations over the coming months:
- For The Month Of June At The Howell Library - Fredericksburg, VA
- July 19 - 26 - Clark County Fair - Springfield, OH
- September 27 - October 6 At The State Fair of Virginia - Doswell, VA
- October 18 - 21 At RailNation:California In Sacramento, CA (at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown Sacramento)
Following RailNation:California in Sacramento, the quilts will be sold by auction (via an on-line bidding site) with the proceeds of the sales benefiting The Jim Hamre Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bidding will open on October 20, 2019
"The COVID Pandemic has been and continues to be the biggest challenge faced by Americans as it has taken a deadly toll on the world and on the world’s economies. During COVID Locomotive Engineers at Amtrak and other Passenger and Freight Railroads have embodied the definition of essential workers. This dedication by our members is not new. We applaud the Rail Passenger’s Association for recognizing the vital contributions of our members and their hard work moving Americans and freight during the COVID pandemic."
Dennis Pierce, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National President
December 21, 2021, on the Association awarding its 2021 Golden Spike Award to the Frontline Amtrak Employees.