How a quilt will help the animals

Founders Hall Quilters are from left, seated: Lois Adamsen, Dot Freer, Justine Naphols; standing in rear from left: Sandra S. Hurd, Carmel Battista, Linda Y. Ostrander, Sandy Corday. Among members missing from photo was Marion Freer. —Laurie Christiansen photo

ROAR has found a unique way to capture the spirit of its yearlong theme “We Are Family.” Debuting at the ROAR With Laughter event on Saturday, Feb. 23, attendees will have an opportunity to buy a quilt square and have it personalized with a pet’s name or special message.

The general public will also be able to purchase squares starting in early March.

“Quilts have always been a way for people to tell a family story and pass it down from generation to generation,” said Pam Rybarczyk, co-chair of this year’s fund-raising event. “We thought what a wonderful way for the ROAR family to tell our story and involve the community in its creation.”

The making of the quilt is a community effort, with Debbie Thornton of Kokoons Jewelry, an expert quilter, heading up the design effort along with Dawn Hettrich of Dawn Hettrich Design, a longtime ROAR volunteer.

The Founders Hall Quilting group will assist with the piecing together of the quilt along with expert help from Bob DiNucci of Ridgefield Screenprinting and Embroidery.

ROAR expects to have the quilt completed and ready to hang in the shelter’s Blue Buffalo room by late spring.

For more information about the We Are Family Quilt or ROAR With Laughter, go to

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