Caribou High School student uses quilting skills to help fundraising efforts

Posted May 19, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

Amidst her involvement in many school organizations, academics, and other interests, Caribou High School junior Demarre Doody-Corriveau loves to quilt.

Her talent at it has resulted in many positive fundraisers for a variety of school functions.

“I’ve been interested in quilting for quite a long time,” Doody-Corriveau said recently. “I asked for a quilting machine for my 13th birthday — that’s all I wanted and I got one. I was so excited.”

The daughter of Danny and Shelley Corriveau has made three quilts that have been raffled off so far for various fundraisers, with one netting almost $800, she said.

This time, the quilt she just completed, called the Twenty One  design, is being raffled for a benefit that is a little closer to her heart.

On Saturday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Caribou Learning Center on Bennett Drive, there will be a benefit supper and silent auction for Caribou natives Rick and Diane Gove and their family. Very shortly, Rick will be undergoing radical neck surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for a cancerous tumor. The Gove family is expected to be in Boston for eight weeks.

“I’ve known Rick and Diane and their family for a very long time,” said Doody-Corriveau. “Our families are very close and they are like an aunt and uncle to me. When I heard about the benefit supper/auction I told my mother, I’m going to raffle off my quilt — it was just something I knew that I wanted to do.”

The tickets for a chance to possess the bright green and brown quilt crafted by Doody-Corriveau, are available at Reno’s Restaurant or at the Learning Center the evening of the benefit. Tickets for the quilt are $1 each. There will be no charge for the dinner but donations will be accepted.