Thursday, January 24, 2013

"What is SAFE?"

OK, here it is...In a room of 500, out came the quilt to honor Joe Torre and his wife Ali, 
for the Ten year Anniversary of the Safe at Home Foundation!


All those kids I worked with last spring? They were all from a program that Joe & Ali started to give at risk kids a safe place in school. Joe's father was a violent man, and beat Joe's mother while he was growing up, and he vowed to one day help. The foundation raises money to start "Margaret's Place" in schools to provide a place for kids to share, talk, and support each other, away from the violence that may be around them at home or school.  A statistic was read, that, in 1995, 60% of kids in the US witnessed or were victims of abuse and or violence during their school years.  

Powerful work.
The "What is Safe" quilt getting a close inspection by Joe Torre

Moved to tears over the children's' work. So sweet.

Joe told me, when we met that he was so surprised by the quilt, and was surprised how well the organization had kept it a secret. "Thank you", he said, "I was moved to tears."  A very nice man, very heartfelt and genuine.



Now for all you BASEBALL fans... You would have all loved to hear these guys talk ball and memories with Bob Costas, who was also being honored.  AND, I bet someone can tell me who they all were! The guy on the right, was a ball player from way back, the second guy was sports writer, the third, jim katt pticher  but was announcer for NY Yankees , 4th guy... Tim McCarver, catcher st louis also an announcer  , 5th, Bob Costas, and Joe Torre.  I do like baseball and love the Yankees, but seriously, I am so impressed how these guys were saying, ...and in 1986 you were pitching against so and so etc, they know every game, every year, and every play...


The silent auction was nearly all sport stuff... LOL! I wouldn't know who to bid on!

They had some photos of kids from the program, holding up signs answering I have the power to:

 This one caught my eye...  Gotta love that message!



Richard Marx ended the evening to some popular 80's tunes!  It was a lovely evening, and I was proud to be a small part of it for Joe and Ali!

I have the power to:
Give something that can make some one's day a little brighter.  (and warmer!)  ;-)

I'm good with that.

Can you answer this question?
I have the power to:



Here's a link to all the posts of this quilt in progress: click here


Thank you to MODA and Pat Sloan who donated materials for this project.

24 comments:

  1. what great work..very moving!
    Something to be proud of for sure.

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  2. What a great story and gorgeous quilt!

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  3. I am grinning from ear to ear. Great quilt for a great cause. All of these people in the world are what make me very, very hopeful for the future of this civilization.

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  4. Violence has many faces for sure. I wish that everyone would have such a safe haven and someone to help them find their power. I am so touched to see the TRUSTs in the quilt, that is not an easy thing for victims of violence no matter shape of form.
    Awesome job, Victoria, giving them the opportunity to express both themselves and their gratitude!

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  5. You sure are "good with that", Victoria, what a lovely gesture and it is obvious how muh it meant to Joe and Ali.

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  6. It is wonderful to read how your quilts make such a positive impact on people. I am inspired by it. Thanks.

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  7. This is really cool. Gave me the goosebumps. I love what you did. You rock, and you DO have the power to give a gift to make someone's day.

    I have the power too.... (I need to think on that one a little bit more....)

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  8. As a lifelong fan of baseball, I was so touched to see the connection to quilting! Joe is one of my idols and am so happy he received recognition for his generosity. This evening makes up for all the bad news we hear about in sports news and then some!!! I was moved to tears, too.

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  9. We ALL have the power, don't we? Powerful post today, I know that I personally feel the nudge to get out there and do something, to do more. I recognized Jim Kaat, used to pitch for the Minn. Twins back in the day! :) Mem'ries...

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  10. You are amazing, and I'm not surprised.

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  11. Tears of joy seeing those kids with their power statements. Good on ya!

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  12. How wonderful! And silly me, I got excited when you said Richard Marx - I used to love his songs back in high school!

    Wanted to let you know that your book is part of my giveaway today for the Dare To Dresden blog hop, and it seems that nearly everyone has been "eyeing" the book or "wanting to buy it." Hopefully those who don't win it will just bite the bullet and make the purchase. :)

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  13. I was raised in such a loving and kind family it's hard for me to understand so much of what goes on. What a fabulous gift this man has given to so many children and you back to him. I have the POWER to....keep someone warm with my charity quilts. Wow, that's a great feeling!

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  14. Sounds wonderful! Good work on everyone's part

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  15. I am so honored you asked me to help you, thank you so much. You give so much Victoria, your heart is huge and beautiful! Smooches!

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  16. Victoria, you are generous beyond words. What an great post and fabulous occasion!!

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  17. Awesome ... just awesome! You amaze me Victoria. I can't wait to meet you in real life.

    Michele

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  18. Beautiful job, very inspirational. Very worthy cause. God bless

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  19. Now THAT is the very heart of quilting. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story and photos with us.

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  20. This is a wonderful post I am so thrilled that you shared with us...

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  21. What a fabulous post! Congratulations to all concerned - just wonderful!

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  22. What a wonderful way to honor someone. Joe Torre will always be my favorite Yankee manager. He always shows such class. It must have been some night. As a life LNG Yankee fan, I was jealous reading about it.

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