Relief sale goals grow

Posted on Sept. 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 22, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.

GOSHEN — The 46th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief sale will be held in Goshen at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28. The sale will raise funds for the Mennonite Central Committee, which is committed to facilitating relief work around the globe.

“What amazes me is how many volunteers it takes to make it all happen,” says John Martens, chair of the MMR sale. He said he is excited that the silent auction will be “bigger this year than last year,” with 165 items available for bidding.

This is the second year that the silent auction, one of the popular events of the sale, will be carried out entirely online. “We would love for people to be more involved with the website,” said Martens, who said online bidding is currently open and will close on Saturday. “People can bid on that right now,” he said.

A link to the online silent auction (labeled “Bidding for Good”), as well as more information including scheduled events, can be found on the sale’s remodeled website mennonitesale.org.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, attendees can come to enjoy a haystack dinner or any of the multiple international food selections. Items to be sold the following morning in the auction and the silent auction will be on display, with live music on the Heritage Park stage.

Men from local area Mennonite churches have also assembled a men’s chorus, which will perform on Friday at 7 p.m. in the quilt auction area, and again Sunday, Sept. 29, at Sauder Concert Hall on the Goshen College Music Center, also at 7 p.m.

At 7 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a pancake and sausage breakfast, while runners and walkers can sign up for the 5K run and 2K walk for relief which starts at 8 a.m.

A quilt sewn by Frances Stauffer, who has donated a quilt to each of the 46 Mennonite Relief Sales in Goshen, will be sold in the quilt auction, which starts on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Jennifer Steiner, communications coordinator for MCC, will give a brief statement of recognition for Stauffer, whose quilts have raised well over $35,000 in the last 10 years alone. This will be Stauffer’s last year quilting for the sale.

Last year’s sale raised more than $360,000 for MCC’s relief efforts, with help from volunteer work and programs like Penny Power, which raised $25,000 in spare change while local area businesses matched that amount in a donation.


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