MB Foundation open house draws 300 people

The transition to the new MB Foundation headquarters was first celebrated with a ribbon-cutting June 7 (at left). The Mennonite Brethren national steward  hosted an open house July 13-14.<p>
The transition to the new MB Foundation headquarters was first celebrated with a ribbon-cutting June 7 (at left). The Mennonite Brethren national steward hosted an open house July 13-14.<p>
The grand opening of MB Foundation’s new headquarters building drew around 300 people July 13 and 14.

On Thursday, 45 board members, former and current staff, denominational representatives, their spouses and friends of the ministry gathered to celebrate the milestone project with a dinner and a sneak peek of the facility.

The public open house on Friday began with an outdoor dedication program at 9:30 a.m., followed by a come-and-go open house until 1 p.m. The event drew about 250 visitors, some from as far away as California, Washing­ton, Oklahoma, Arizona and North Carolina.

The program included remarks from several denominational representatives, but also from Hillsboro Mayor Delores Dalke, who described the transformation from a dilapidated and abandoned eyesore to a modern and attractive office building.

“The Hillsboro community is excited for the Found­ation, and we are privileged to be the home of MB Foundation,” she said.

Reg Boothe, director emeritus of the MBF board admitted, “I was one, maybe the only one, who thought the headquarters of MB Foundation should be relocated to Wichita, and today this building is proof that it belongs in Hillsboro.”

Following the dedication program, the doors of the new building were opened and everyone was invited inside to tour the building and to enjoy refreshments and giveaways.

Guests were entered in a drawing for a chance to win $1,000 to give away to their favorite ministry or ministries.

Upon notification that she was the winner, Coleen Ball of Hillsboro said, “I had been dreaming about what I would do with the money if I won. It is more than I usually have in my God pocket.”

Jon C. Wiebe, MBF president and CEO, said, “We were overwhelmed with the love and support that was shown during our grand opening celebration.

“It was such a joy to celebrate this huge milestone with our constituency and the Hillsboro community,” he added. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day, and we are so thankful to God for all he is doing through MB Foundation.”