Patriotic quilt raffle is scheduled

The Southern New Hampshire Branch of the American Association of University Women is delighted to be offering raffle tickets for a donated quilt originally given to a WWII veteran who received the quilt while he was in respite care at the VA Hospital in Manchester. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward scholarships for local young women planning to pursue STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math)careers after college.

Amherst resident Ann Howe’s father, Tom Gouvalaris, received the quilt in 2007. At the time, he was the oldest veteran in the hospital and the second oldest living veteran in New Hampshire. During the war, he served more than three consecutive years in the Pacific theater assigned to the U.S. Army’s 39th General Hospital. He was first based in New Zealand, then moved to New Caledonia, and finally to Saipan. He returned to the U.S. in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant and lived to be 98 years old.

Tickets will be sold at the Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast on May 13 at the Central Fire Station in Amherst; the Moving Wall Run at Souhegan High School on June 15; on the Amherst Green during the Fourth of July festivities ; and other surprise locations. The drawing will take place over Labor Day weekend at the Amherst Police Station. (Need not be present to win.)

Founded in 1881, AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW is a non-partisan non-political organization that never endorses candidates or specific parties.

Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets directly or in learning more about the organization contact Susan Hoover at susnhoover@aol.comor 213-6601.