A mixture of beautiful weather and generous giving contributed to $344,783 raised for the work of Mennonite Central Committee at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale April 8 and 9 in Hutchinson.
“With the great weather, I think everyone was able to come out and enjoy time with their family to make the 37th Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale a wonderful success,” said Rod Chrystie, KMRS chair.
The two auctions raised a little under $142,000-the quilt auction $95,917 and the general auction $36,000. Attendance was estimated at 18,500.
The top selling quilts were: Floral Nine-Patch by Friendship Circle, Southern Hills Mennonite, Topeka, $3,900; Pinwheel Garden Quilt by Peacemakers, Pleasant Valley Mennonite, Harper, $3,400; and Country Grape Quilt by Amish of Lancaster Country, Pa., donated by Herb and Lily Ann Neufeld, Hesston, $3,300.
The general auction top sellers included the 1954 McCormick Farmall Cub at $2,900 and Arnold Regehr, Inman, reunion table at $2,150.
Other notable amounts include: the Run for Relief, $13,300, and the Penny Power Challenge, $20,296 (up over $1,000 from last year’s collection).
“We appreciate every one’s efforts to help raise money for the work of MCC to further their relief efforts throughout the world,” said Chrystie.
Providing relief is MCC focus-relief for tsunami victims, AIDs pandemic, war refugees and needy in North America and throughout the world.