For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Mongeau
March 20, 2015 ( 617) 536-2460
Samaritans’ Boston Strong Marathon Quilt
to be Hung in State House
Quilt crafted to raise money for former Boston Marathon Runner
(Boston, MA) – Senator Joan Lovely will be speaking at the State House on Monday, April 13th in Nurses’ Hall at 4PM with Samaritans, Inc., a local suicide prevention organization. Samaritans’ Executive Director, Steve Mongeau, will also be speaking on the importance of Samaritans’ lifesaving services.
“As the city gets ready for the 119th Boston Marathon, it’s exciting that State House visitors will be able to see the quilt on display,” said Senator Joan Lovely. “I want to thank Samaritans for sharing the quilt in a public place, where we can collectively remember and continue the spirit of togetherness that united our city.”
The program will take place in front of Samaritans’ Boston Strong Marathon Quilt. The quilt, which features scenes from Boston, as well as signatures from 182 famous Bostonians, was raffled off by Samaritans’ 2014 Marathon Team member, Tricia, and created her sister, Lissa, and mother, Pat Pierson. It will be hung in Nurses’ Hall from April 6 until Marathon Monday on April 20 to raise awareness about Samaritans’ work in the community.
The quilt’s debut at the Statehouse was initially prompted during a visit to Samaritans by the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Senator Joan Lovely. When visiting Samaritans’ office to learn more about their 24/7 volunteer run helpline, Senator Lovely admired the quilt and asked if it might be possible to have it hung in the Statehouse leading up to this year’s marathon.
Notable autographs featured on the quilt include Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, David Ortiz, and Zdeno Chara. The signed autograph squares were used to frame large applique blocks depicting Boston landmarks.
“The real message of the quilt is in the title, Boston Strong,” says Lissa Pierson. “In a small but significant way, the generosity and support of the signers who returned those kits represents the strength of our community. Boston is strong because people come together to help one another, which is what the volunteers do every day at Samaritans.”
The quilt measures 74 x 82 inches and required 500 hours to make. A quilter for 30 years, Lissa’s previously made a quilt for Quilts of Valor which hung in the Hart Senate Office building in Washington, DC, before being awarded to a service person touched by war.
Fifteen dedicated members of Samaritans’ community will be running this year’s Boston Marathon. Though they will have 26.2 miles ahead of them, it will really be the end of their six-month journey to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. Some are survivors – running to remember siblings, parents and friends lost to suicide. Others are running to celebrate their success in a personal struggle with depression and bi-polar disorder. In the four hours it will take them to the country’s most prestigious marathon on April 20, 22 people will die by suicide in the United States. Another 550 people will attempt to take their own lives.
To learn more about Samaritans’ 2015 Boston Marathon team, visit www.crowdrise.com/samaritansboston2015.
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For over 40 years, Samaritans, Inc. volunteers have answered more than 2.5 million phone calls. The agency has trained more than 4,500 volunteers and instructed more than 100,000 individuals through its Community Education and Outreach Program and has supported over 10,000 individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Samaritans Statewide Toll Free Helpline: 877-870-HOPE (4673)