This year’s Camp Knutson Quilt Auction features three antique quilts. Sharon Ingvoldstad of Nisswa presented Camp K with one of them, which will be No. 3 in the live auction. The quilt features appliquéd Dutch girls and tulips and is hand quilted. The origin of this quilt is unknown, but organizers concluded it was certainly intended to help a good cause.
Ingvoldstad received the quilt from her daughter Anne Ingvoldstad, the executive director ZOOM House. Members of Zion Lutheran ELCA Church in Minneapolis purchased the building after they became bystanders in a Drug Enforcement Agency raid there in 1997. The building itself, located next to the church, was one of the most blighted and crime-ridden in Minneapolis. The congregation named it ZOOM House, which stands for Zion Originated Outreach Ministry. This year’s annual quilt auction will be Saturday, August 11. The silent auction and quilt preview start at 10 am and the live auction begins at noon. Camp Knutson is located at 11169 Whitefish Ave. in Crosslake, and the public is invited to attend.
Today, ZOOM house “provides low-income and homeless families with affordable housing in a loving, supportive community.” ZOOM House is a comprehensive, integrated program, with housing being central to its success. Rental housing is provided for working parents at an affordable rate. An individual goal plan is developed for each participant, which includes education and support services. The goals are for participants to achieve living-wage employment and attain permanent housing within two years.
This program has partnerships with churches, corporations, community organizations, social service agencies, and the Lyndale Neighborhood Association.
This quilt was originally given to ZOOM as a donation; however, it was considered too fragile for everyday use. As a result, the executive director decided to give the quilt to her mother, who could pass it on to this year’s Camp Knutson Quilt Auction.
Camp Knutson, sponsored by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Camp K partners with organizations that provide summer camp experiences for children with disabilities and/or special needs, them a time to immerse themselves in nature in order to experience the freedom and fantasy of childhood.