Four members of the senior living facility Ardmore Village arrived at Ardmore Emporium on Main Street Wednesday afternoon to award a quilt to owner Stephanie Choate.
Choate won the quilt after buying a chance in a drawing as part of Ardmore Village’s bi-annual Trash and Treasure fundraiser on Oct. 6 and 7.
The fundraiser, which takes place in October and April each year, raised about $2,000 for the facility’s activity fund. Ardmore Village treasurer Ethel Hagin said the fundraiser started about 10 years ago as a way for the 192 seniors who reside in the facility to get out and about around town.
“Say we run out of bingo cards. This is a way for us to replenish,” Hagin said. “It’s really for anything, like going to the museum or getting groceries.”
Hagin, together with Ardmore Village Mayor Terry Frank, said about 5,000 to 7,000 items were contributed to the fundraiser for people to buy chances. The items included  racks of clothing, silverware and other miscellaneous accessories.
Items that didn’t sell during the two-day fundraiser will be sold at a booth inside Ardmore Emporium, Hagin said.
The fundraiser also supports Ardmore Village’s mission of being a “progressive” senior living center, Hagin said. Consensus among those at Ardmore Emporium Wednesday afternoon was that not many people around town are familiar with the facility, and merely equate it to a nursing home.
“It’s not a nursing home,” Hagin said. “It’s a progressive, independent living center that is made up of duplexes, independent living facilities and apartments.”
The quilt that Choate won was made by Ardmore Village secretary Carrol Watkins. Choate, who has a strong bond with Ardmore Village coordinator Irene Ledbetter, doesn’t plan on ever selling the quilt.
“I love quilts, so this is fantastic,” Choate said. “It’s nice to meet everybody who’s part of this wonderful center.”