Donna Briggeman, continuing a three-week lucky streak, was the winner of the 2017 Pratt Area Humane Society quilt raffle.
Donna Briggeman of Pratt is on a lucky streak. The good thing about it is that her good luck in winning the annual quilt raffle sponsored by the Pratt Area Humane Society spreads holiday cheer in a variety of ways.
Three weeks ago, Briggeman was thrilled when her name was drawn as the winner of a collection of homemade salsa, pasta and kitchen towels, courtesy of Heather Teasley at a local craft show. The following week, she was happily amused when she won a "Love" sign at another craft show drawing. This week, when she learned she was the winner of a brightly colored, animal-themed, queen-size quilt, she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the situation.
"This is the first time I've ever won anything as high up on the food chain as this," Briggeman said. "This is just wonderful."
The quilt, pieced together by Apple Patch Quilter's Club member Jessica Gates, featured a variety of cat and dog scenes set on vivid backgrounds and quilt stitched to a red paw print background. It was, perhaps the 15th such quilt made by Gates and donated to the humane society's fundraising efforts.
"I work together with Debbie (Withers)," Gates said. "I enjoy making quilts, she brings me the supplies and I put them together. It takes a while, but always for a good cause."
Money raised from the sale of quilt tickets and pillow cases sold by the humane society at recent craft shows totaled more than $1,000. With all of the materials and labor in the quilt donated, the proceeds all go toward care of animals at the Pratt shelter.
PAUS manager April Hemphill said current animals at the shelter included 11 dogs and 11 cats available for adoption. A German shorthair male, several colorful Catahoula crosses, a big basset hound and a mellow black lab anxiously await potential new owners, as do cats of the black, yellow and white-cream patterns.
"We do have a several day waiting period so it is unlikely that anyone could get any of these animals for Christmas this year yet, but they could adopt to receive them over the Christmas break," Hemphill said.
The shelter will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will be open regular hours the rest of the week. The Pratt Area Humane Society is open regularly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on week days and from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (620) 672-6777 for pet availability.
As for Briggeman and her lucky streak, she is thinking about buying lottery tickets for family stocking stuffers and then cuddling under her animal quilt on Christmas Eve to see if her good luck has held.