The art of quilting and embroidery are tools that two Tyler women use to give back to their community. This is the second year that Ann Hardin and Cheryl Pontious have hand - crafted items to donate to the Alzheimer’s Support Auxiliary for People (ASAP) to use in a prize drawing during their annual event, Mah Jongg for Memory. The event to be held Thursday, July 12, at Willow Brook Country Club, draws 450 women each year to play Mah Jongg and to enjoy lunch and a silent auction filled with items from local donors
Last year, Mah Jongg for Memory raised $42,500 to provide programs and services needed by individuals and families in Smith County who are facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. These programs and services include a tracking program for wanderers, respite care, support groups, and educational classes.
Ann Hardin, a homemaker, born in Mineola, Texas, has lived in Tyler most of her life and is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She and her husband James, married of 52 years are the parents of Stacey Hardin Hiles and Kristie Hardin Arnette. The Hardins are members of West Erwin Church of Christ in Tyler.
“Giving a table topper that I’ve made by hand is just one very small way that I can help raise funds for a worthwhile organization like the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County while also giving back to the great city in which I live,” Mrs. Hardin said.
Cheryl Pontious was born in China Lake, California, and is retired from the California-based Keenan & Associates, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm. She and her husband, Ken, have been married for 30 years and have lived in Tyler for six years. They have two children, Kenneth Robert and Lesley Erin, and three grandchildren. Mrs. Pontious and her husband are members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Tyler.
“I love to quilt, and if I can help the community with my skill, I am happy to do so,” Mrs. Pontious said. “I am a member of the Quilters Guild of East Texas, and together with the other members, our organization provides hundreds of quilts to children, women in crisis, and veterans. I am a very small part of this community of women, and I am happy to give to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County to help the people they serve.”
Prize drawing tickets for the quilt and table topper donated by Mrs. Hardin and Mrs. Pontious are $5 each or $20 for five, and will be available at the Mah Jongg for Memory event on July 12. For more information, or to register for the event, please call the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County at 903-509-8323 or stop by the office at 211 Winchester in Tyler.