Bambi Cerka, a graduate of Colo-NESCO High School, was finally able to honor Jack Roberts recently by presenting him a Quilt of Honor. As she shared with us: “I have had this man in my life for many years, and I have been wanting to show him how much he and our friendship mean to me. I wanted to nominate him for the Golden Apple Award (he was my government teacher) when I was in high school, but my efforts were shifted when I was in a terrible car accident my junior year…”


Bambi continued, “My mom found my letter and sent it in for me, to no avail. He didn’t receive the award. I didn’t realize how much my accident affected him until recently when I had the opportunity to sit down and visit with him. I knew I wanted to do something to show him how much his friendship, love and service meant to me.”


Bambi had just the right thing in mind. “I originally thought I sent the request in December, but when I contacted Quilts of Honor, they responded by telling me they didn’t receive my request. I resubmitted my request not that long ago and wonderful people got right on it, and he received it in the mail. I was informed that it had arrived. I literally dropped everything and went right over. Jack is not in the greatest of health, but he is always glad to see me. I had told him back in December that I was trying to work on a surprise for him, and he’d been trying to guess what it was since then. There was even one day that he told me that he was positive that he knew what my surprise was. He thought I was going to tell him I was pregnant. I straightened that thought out right away! When I got to his house I got it ready to present to him and I walked around the corner and he was surprised to see me. I told him his surprise had arrived! I read the letter to him and then presented his quilt. He was in awe. He kept saying it was just beautiful, and I do know that he made the comment that this was much better than the Golden Apple Award.”


Bambi thanks Quilts of Honor for helping her show this Navy veteran, as well as one of “my very best friends,” how much he and his service mean to not only her but so many other people as well.