Proceeds from the sale go to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). MCC is the relief, service and development agency of North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches. MCC seeks to demonstrate God's love through committed women and men who work among suffering people.
2018 Stat: $4.8 Million was raised in the USA and Canada from 40 Relief Sales.
54th Annual Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale raises $300,000
Wooster, Ohio – August 21, 2019. The Relief Sale Executive Board met recently to go over the results from the 2019 event on August 2 and 3. Although funds are still coming in, planners say that the 54th Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale will raise $300,000 this year for the relief and community development work of Mennonite Central Committee.
Farewell to Longtime Volunteers
The Ohio Sale would like to thank several longtime volunteers for their many years of work. After serving as Relief Sale chair and Wood Auction coordinator, Rich Horst of Orrville is retiring from Sale after 30 years. He and his wife, Laurel, have worked diligently to collect and catalog hundreds of items every year.
Through Joe and Ruby Shrock of Massillon, the long tradition of authentic Laotian Egg Rolls has been preserved. After taking over for Khamphanh Phaphouvaninh, Joe and Ruby coordinated the preparation of the labor-intensive dish beloved by so many. For the last time this year, they supervised the three-day process of preparing the delicious egg rolls. Nearly 40 volunteers helped roll the 5,500 egg rolls, all of which sold out Saturday afternoon.
Online Bidding for Quilt Auction
Due to the many other benefit sales in the area and changing tastes, quilt auction prices had declined in past years. To add more opportunities for remote bidders, online bidding was added to the Quilt Auction. In addition, a select number of quilts was given an Ebay-style “Buy It Now” option where the quilts could be purchased at a set price before the auction.
Three quilts sold through “Buy It Now” and thirteen quilts sold online, going to California, Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio. Approximately 40 remote bidders registered to buy.
The entire Quilt Auction totaled over $65,000.
Over 400 Items sold in the Wood and Tool Auction
Selling in the Wood, Tool and General Auction were over 400 items, featuring a 2016 Dodge Caravan Mini Van. Purchased by a local business, the van topped the sale at $15,250. Along with a variety of tools and Amish furniture, an installed garage door, a five night stay at Carlisle Inn, a Home Appliance Company gift package worth $4,000, an electric bike and a Ventrac Mower deck sold to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee.
The total for the Wood and Tool Auction was nearly $61,000. Online bidding was not available for this auction.
My Coins Count Going Strong
Spare change can make a difference (but big checks do, too!) The Ohio My Coins Count program continues to be successful, especially due to donor matches set up at various churches.
Of special note is the “competition” between Maple Grove Mennonite Church and Evermore Church in Hartville. They compete to see which church can donate more funds for Mennonite Central Committee’s Water Projects. A water pump trophy is on the line and the winner gets to proudly display it in their church for the year. Over the years hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised by these two friendly “rivals.”
Funds and matches are still coming in, but the 2019 My Coins Count total is anticipated to be more than $140,000.
Going Green - Recycling Efforts
For the past several years, the Ohio Relief Sale has made an effort to “go green” and recycle most of the trash generated. Through the efforts of Craig Mast and Terry Shue, our carbon footprint has been reduced significantly. Trash is collected via bicycle and needs to be sorted afterward. Previously, the trash used to fill an entire dumpster and now is only a small fraction of that amount.
A Special Thank you
The Relief Sale Executive Board wishes to thank the hundreds of volunteers, donors and buyers who participate every year. We praise the Lord for His guidance and only through Him can this be accomplished. We hope to see everyone again next year in Wooster at the Fairgrounds!