41st Mennonite Relief Sale raises $433,388 for world relief effort

A surprisingly beautiful weekend contributed to a successful 41st Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale raising $433,388 for Mennonite Central Committee, according to sale organizers.

This year?s amount is an increase of a little more than $39,000 from last year?s sale.

?We?re pleased with the response and the heart of giving by our guests during hard economic times,? said Rod Chrystie, Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale chair.

?We dedicate these funds to MCC and their efforts to help the needy around the world as they strive to care in the name of Christ.?

The quilt auction raised a little more than $130,000, up from $113,000 last year. Thirty-four of the 225-plus quilts that sold for $1,000 or more.

The top selling quilts were ?Pinwheels in the Garden? made by Jennifer Harms and Judi Harms, Wichita, and quilted by Margaret Flaming, Corn, Okla., for $7,100 and ?Tennessee Waltz (with a twist)? made by Kimberly Funk, Canton, quilted by Alice Funk, Newton, and donated by Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, for $6,100.

The general auction also exceeded last year?s totals raising $57,791 on Friday and Saturday.

The top-selling items at the auction were the 1930 Model A Ford Coupe at $10,500, 1951 8N Ford Tractor at $4,100, 1941 Allis Chalmers Tractor at $3,000, and the Hustler FasTrak donated by Excel Industries at $3,800.

Other notable totals include: Silent Auction, about $3,000; Ten Thousand Villages, $18,497; and the 12th Run for Relief, $17,716.

Nest year?s sale is scheduled for April 16-17 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson.

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