Families are Forever
Our quilt show is held to benefit the Families Forever Scholarship Fund in memory of Mary (Disse) Ballard. Mary passed away in March of 2006 after battling stomach cancer. She was a firm believer in the value of family, church and local communities in shaping young people, especially young women, and preparing them for the future.
Families Forever sponsors two scholarships; one to a Lake Park /Audubon senior girl and one to a finalist in the Miss Northwest scholarship pageant.
Mary’s daughter, Jackie, was a contestant in the Miss Northwest and Miss Minnesota pageants. Mary saw the growth in poise and personal development in her daughter and the other women who participated.
The scholarships are awarded based on a personal essay by the contestant and an interview with community leaders on how her family has helped her achieve in her life.