Empowering our community through leadership and service.
Who We Benefit
Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts benefits various children's organizations. A true success story, to date almost $50,000 has been raised to benefit such organizations as 4-H, FFA, Boys and Girls Club, Zia Therapy Center, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Alamogordo Public Children’s Library, Love Inc. Back Pack Program, D.A.R.E., Tularosa Little League Baseball, and Operation Child I.D. Program just to name a few.
This year’s children's organization beneficiary is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students in the local area can learn about the four areas of technology through participation in hands-on and minds-on activities. Our children need to be comfortable with these areas of learning to excel in the future. STEM helps to prepare students for the "techy" world that awaits them.
Since 2010 quilters from around the United States have been coming to Alamogordo, New Mexico to take part in a community event to benefit the children of Otero County. The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts began as a cooperative effort between Rainee Mackewich of First National Bank and Pam Holland, International textile artist, quilt teacher and photographer from Australia and has resulted in a week long flurry of quilting activities throughout the area every summer since.
The first festival was held at the Otero County Fairgrounds where it continues today. Holland’s only stipulation was for the proceeds to be donated to programs for children. Pam’s request was not surprising as she and her husband Keith are the proud parents of 15 children; additionally they have fostered hundreds of kids including at risk and special needs children over the years.
Pam’s passion for quilting and the love for children was a natural combination. This unity inspired other instructors to enlist, creating a love filled legacy bursting with color, imagination and creativity. Sue Rasmussen, nationally known teacher, artist, lecturer and an equally giving heart, joined us in 2015, expanding the horizon of this growing event. Sue, a resident of Southern California, is generously donating the proceeds from her classes to this worthy cause.
Ricky Tims Joins Us in 2018!
We are excited to announce that Ricky Tims, world-renowned quilt celebrity and inspirational educator, is presenting classes at the 2018 Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts. Ricky began designing and making quilts in 1991. His quilts have won numerous international awards. Ricky is passionate about quilting, and is delighted to share his experience and enthusiasm with quilters of every level of expertise. In addition to quilting, Ricky has a lifelong passion for music. He will share his musical talents with us at a concert on Friday night, June 22, 2018, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo, NM.
Please join us at this year's Festival of Quilts!
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