Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 28, 2013

Northern Notes: 'Yarn Fairy’ donations

By Stephanie Beach,

---- — Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church would like to thank the "Yarn Fairy" who dropped off bags of yarn at the church before Christmas.

"Unfortunately we didn't get her name, just that she was cleaning out her stash," wrote Kathy Cipko, Prayer Shawl Ministry coordinator.

"We just want her to know how much we appreciate this kind of donation. Our Prayer Shawl knitters spend countless hours creating hand-knit shawls to distribute to individuals experiencing challenges. We just want this kind yarn fairy to know how much her yarns have been used. Shawls have been made and dropped off at nursing homes, hospitals and anywhere a need is discovered. Thanks for this gift that just keeps giving."

Kathy added that many of the knitters in the group are in their 80s, full of life and the joy of giving, but on limited budgets. They buy their own yarn and any contributions are appreciated. For details or to make a donation, contact Kathy Cipko, 929-8346 or


Organizers of the St. Mary School Auction recently released the auction results.

Dozens of volunteers solicited hundreds of local businesses and individuals who contributed nearly 500 items for the auction and auctioneer Justin Wolf donates his time each year to help raise the bids with his skills.

Local artist Fred Petroskey donated a giclee print on canvas of his 1994 original oil painting "Sr. Mary Edward," which sold for $7,000.

The art was donated back to the school by winning bidders Dora and John Korson, Jozell and Doug Rexroat and Lizabeth Venie. Six couples joined forces to bid on dinner with the priest and principal at Cedar Rustic Inn, which raised $15,000. Other live auction items included three live lambs which brought in $2,350, spring break week in a Sanibel Island condo, which raised $1,800; and a Steve Yzerman jersey signed by the 2002 Stanley Cup Championship team which earned $1,400.

In total, the auction raised approximately $58,500 to support the St. Mary School athletic programs as well as the St. Mary community playground.


Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic's Fall Trunk Show raised $3,300 for the Traverse Health Clinic-CHAP, Mt. Holiday and the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA. Each organization received $1,100.

"We are delighted to be able to give back to the community by supporting these wonderful charities and to bring to the forefront the services of these organizations that help those in need in our area," said GTOC's Matthew Madion, M.D.

Stephanie Beach can be reached at