Sale proceeds surpass $500,000 for Mennonite relief work

Proceeds from the Mid-Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale held Friday and Saturday in Hutchinson topped $500,000, an increase of more than $100,000 from last year?s early count.

When the sale of the ?House Against Hunger? in Hesston is finalized, the grand total will be even higher, organizers said.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward the worldwide work of Mennonite Central Committee, a church-supported relief and development agency.

Proceeds from the annual quilt auction was $166,000, with the highest quilt selling for $8,100. That quilt was made by Delores Yoder of the Plainview Mennonite Church and purchased by Lovella Adrian of Buhler.

Proceeds from the general auction totaled $56,387. Among the highest-bid items was a replica of a Pierce-Arrow car and a handcrafted china hutch. Both sold for $3,100.

The china hutch was commissioned by the family of the late Johnnie Bartel, Hillsboro, to honor his involvement with past sales. Myrta Bartel, his widow, made the purchase.

The sale?s ?Penny Project? raised $26,134 in loose change and the ?Cattle Walk? raised $32,000.

Organizers estimated attendance at the sale at 27,000?12,000 on Friday evening and 15,000 on Saturday.

The Saturday breakfast service fed 1,434 people, while the German buffet on Friday evening and Saturday fed 6,280 people and generated $30,000 in receipts.

?The weather cooperated real well, which does make a difference,? said Richard Ediger, sale president. ?There were lots of out-of-state people in attendance. People were in good spirits They came to eat good food and buy good pieces of craftsmanship.?

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