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Quilt raffle to benefit Great Lakes Burn Camp

Published 9:26am Thursday, August 7, 2014

The sister of a downtown Niles restaurant owner is using her talents to raise money for a good cause.

Alice Peper — whose sister Elaine Tughan runs the Paris Soda Shop — has created a special quilt she hopes to raffle off.

Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT Elaine Tughan and her sister, Alice Peper, hold up a quilt outside the Paris Soda Shop. Peper created the quilt, which will be raffled off to raise funds for the Great Lakes Burn Camp.
Leader photo/CRAIG HAUPERT
Elaine Tughan and her sister, Alice Peper, hold up a quilt outside the Paris Soda Shop. Peper created the quilt, which will be raffled off to raise funds for the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

The funds gained through the raffle will go to support the Great Lakes Burn Camp, a place where young burn victims can go to heal and feel like a kid again. It costs an average of $600 for a child to attend the Jackson, Michigan camp. A lot of them are able to go thanks to the efforts of charity motorcycle rides held around Michigan, including the Niles Burn Run.

Peper said she was in town for the Niles Burn Run. The event inspired her to create the full-size quilt, which is designed with an “ice cream” theme.

It is titled, “Scoop It Up.”

“I just thought it would be a good way to raise some money for the Burn Camp,” said Peper, who lives in Texas, but grew up in Michigan.

The quilt will travel to different motorcycle fundraisers across the state, Peper said.

Peper runs a custom embroidery business out of her home.

Raffle tickets for the quilt can be purchased at the Paris Soda Shop. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for three.

Peper said the quilt would be raffled off at the Paris Soda Shop during the week of the Hunter Ice Festival this coming winter.

“I hope a lot of people buy tickets,” Peper said.

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