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Arlan Nokes donates quilt to EOD Warrior Foundation
Arlan Nokes QOV raffle 2019
Arlan Nokes, left, is pictured with the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor’s raffle quilt, Friday at the Great Bend American Legion Post. Also pictured, from left: Judy Burnette, Darrin Munsch, Ralph Sunley and Amy Schartz Mellor. After winning the quilt, Nokes announced he will donate it to the EOD Warrior Foundation.

The winner of the 2019 Golden Plains Quilts of Valor patriotic quilt is Arlan Nokes. After winning the quilt, Nokes said he is donating it to the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Warrior Foundation to be auctioned.

The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty, retired and veteran EOD Techs and their families. This includes EOD Warriors and their families who have been wounded, ill or injured, families of the fallen, and by maintaining the EOD Memorial. Learn more online at

The quilt top was made by Judy Burnette, quilting by Amy Schartz Mellor.

Golden Plains Quilts of Valor makes and awards patriotic quilts to area veterans. Most presentations are made on the last Friday of each month at the American Legion Argonne Post 180 in Great Bend.

“We make a raffle quilt each year to support Golden Plains Quilts of Valor,” Mellor said. “We exist solely on donations, which are used to buy fabric and quilting supplies. Since each Quilt of Valor costs between $200 and $250 in materials to make, it gets very expensive quickly! When we award 12 quilts a month, that is roughly $2,400 in materials to make those quilts.”

Mellor said the raffle quilt is always completed by July of each year, and the raffle drawing is conducted immediately after the Quilts of Valor awards on the last Friday of November.