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Worth centennial quilt up for raffle

Worth Mayor Mary Werner (left) centennial commissichair BahirKarim adjust quilt celebrating village's centennial. Resident Celeste Camermade quilt this being raffled

Worth Mayor Mary Werner (left) and centennial commission chair Bahira Karim adjust a quilt celebrating the village's centennial. Resident Celeste Cameron made the quilt that is being raffled off. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 2, 2014 9:35AM



A quilt commemorating Worth’s centennial and featuring logos of area organizations is being raffled off by the village’s centennial committee.

Designed by resident Celeste Cameron, the quilt, which is on display at the village hall, features logos of area schools and clubs, the park district, library, police departments, the Worth Fire Department and North Palos Fire Protection District, the American Legion and other fixtures in the community.

Chances to win the quilt cost $2 each, or three for $5, and are being sold at the village hall or wherever the quilt makes an appearance. Recently, it was up the street for a few days at the American Legion, committee chairwoman Bahira Karim said.

Proceeds will be used to build a permanent memorial for the village’s centennial, Mayor Mary Werner said. She envisions it being placed at the busy intersection of 111th Street and Harlem Avenue, where numerous passers-by likely would see it every day.

“The committee came up with the idea so we’d have something permanent,” Werner said. “We’d like it to be a sculpture that would incorporate the centennial logo.”

The logo features the village’s distinctive water tower and the bridge over the Calumet Sag Channel, she said, with the number “100.” The part of the logo featuring the bridge and water tower will become the village’s new official logo, she said.

The same logo is found on T-shirts ($10) and ceramic coffee mugs ($10) that also are being sold at the village hall. Proceeds from those sales also will go toward the centennial memorial, Karim said.

Mugs and T-shirts have been selling well, Village Clerk Bonnie Price said.

Price, Karim and Werner are quite enamored with the quilt and would love to see it on permanent display in the village hall. Karim is one of the many who have said they would donate the quilt to the village if they win the raffle.

“The goal is to raise $10,000. If we can get permission, the wall where the Metra bridge is (on the northwest corner of 111th and Harlem) would be a nice site (to hang it),” Werner said.

Cameron said she has been quilting for years, making some out of T-shirts for various sports teams in town.

“I kind of let the centennial committee decide on who they wanted in the quilt, and I just worked around with what I had. It took four to five weeks,” Cameron said.

The raffle winner will be announced Aug. 24 at Worth Days, which is set for Aug. 22 to 24.

The centennial also will play a big role in this year’s Worth Days parade, also on the 24th.

Organizers are hoping that families with deep roots in town “50, 60, 70 years or more” will march in the parade, Werner said.

“That should be fun. We’ve had residents tell us their children and grandchildren are planning to come back for Worth Days and to be in the parade,” Werner said. “We’ve sent invitations to all the former mayors who are still in the area, too. I hope they come. I think it would be fun to get everyone together.”



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