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Posts Tagged ‘Colony High School’

Let's have A Parade

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A 20th Anniversary deserves a special celebration. And that’s exactly what occurred on opening day of Road to California 2015.Band

At precisely 12:00 noon, the Colony High School Drumline (the official band of Road to California) led a parade through the Ontario Convention Exhibit Hall that included Road’s Founder, Carolyn Reese; Matt Reese, Road’s Manager; the Mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon; and representatives from San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman; Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez; and Senator Connie Leyva.  Also marching in the parade were John Flynn and Anita Shackelford, two of the first judges for Road; the five vendors who have been with Road for the past 20 years, and Fairy Earnest, who has had a quilt entered each of the 20 years.

The parade ended in the front of the hall where a podium was set up and a short program took place. Each of the dignitaries presented Carolyn and Road to California a certificate of recognition.Mayor presentation

After, Carolyn and Matt gave each of the 20 year participants, yellow roses in recognition of their long and committed involvement with the show. FlowersThe celebration concluded with confetti being shot in the air. A festive ending to a festive occasion.Confetti2

After the special celebration, Carolyn remarked, “I have been blessed to be able to work in a great industry since 1981. Thanks to all the suppliers, the sales reps, employees, and customers who worked with mother and I in The Fabric Patch days.  Road to California is another blessing. Special thanks to my family, friends, and employees for all your hard work. You, the customer, also deserves A BIG THANK YOU for without you, none of this would have happened. The quilting world is a great community!!!!”Carolyn

What a terrific way to start out the 2015 20th Anniversary Show.


Honoring the Armed Forces

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Everyone loves a parade.

So why not have a parade not only kick off Road 2014, but also provide the backdrop for a Veterans Presentation? Ten drummers from the Colony High School Titan Regiment led the way for Carolyn and Matt Reese and invited dignitaries that included Ontario, California Mayor, Paul Leon; San Bernardino County Supervisor, Gary Ovitt; and his wife, Sue Ovitt, a Chaffey High School District Board Trustee; as well as representatives from Operation Home Front and Island Batik._i4c2887[1] The parade began in the hallway of the Ballroom Pre-function area and turned south into the main Exhibit Hall, ending up right smack dab in the center of the huge hall. Attendees were treated to a drum roll exhibition before the Veterans Presentation started._i4c2916[1] Matt Reese handled the Master of Ceremony duties. He introduced the singer for the National Anthem, quilter and musician, Jerry Granata, who offered a rousing acapella rendition of the famed song._i4c2914[1] Comments in support of Road to California and the veteran event were offered by Mr. Leon, Mr. Ovitt, and Mr. Kyler Olejnik of Operation Homefront. Carolyn Reese presented a beautiful patriotic quilt, made from Island Batik fabrics, to recipient Ron Baker, a Vietnam Veteran and volunteer for Operation Homefront._i4c2941[1] When the program was completed, the drummers led the party out of the Convention Center. It was a huge honor for the Colony High School Regiment to be included in the ceremony. Said Tatiana, Co-Drum Captain, “We don’t usually perform for this type of audience. Usually we only perform for teenagers. They (the quilters) were really cool; cheering and dancing.” Eli, the other Co-Drum Captain, remarked, “It was great to be here, out in the community and get our name out.” Ninth grader Sergio said, “It was great to make everyone smile.” The Regiment especially enjoyed meeting the mayor. And because they got all caught up in the “quilt fever” of the show, they offered to make the mayor a quilt out of all their band show tee-shirts!!! What a festive way to start off this year’s 19th Annual Conference and Showcase!!! What did you think about all the festivities?]]>

Starting Road With A Salute To Veterans

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Patriotism is important at Road.   

To highlight our involvement with Operation Homefront and Quilted in Honor, this year’s show is starting off with a salute to veterans.

Please join us on the showroom floor on Thursday, January 23rd, at 11:40 a.m., for a special presentation.

Colony High School in Ontario, California will start the program with their marching drum corps.Colony High School

Renown quilter (and entertainer) Jerry Granata will be singing the National Anthem. exhibits__i4c6098

The Mayor of Ontario, Mayor Paul Leon, will offer some remarksPaul Leon

Followed by representatives from Operation Homefront  andVeterans

Island Batik, the leader for the fundraising initiative, Quilted in Honor, of which Road to California is a sponsor.Quilted in Honor 

Following their remarks, Carolyn Reese will be presenting a specially made quilt to Vietnam Veteran, Ron Baker.

A special way to begin Road to California 2014.


And don’t forget to visit the Special Exhibit, Quilted in Honor, located in the Exhibit Hall. Being featured is a collection from top industry celebrities and quilters donated to support military families and returning veterans. At the exhibit, guests can purchase limited edition Road to California Commemorative Tote Bags,  designed with quilts from the exhibit. The bags cost only $8.95.  Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Operation Homefront.  Limited Tote

See you at the show when we pay tribute to our wonderful veterans.