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Annual Mennonite Relief Sale raises nearly $500K

  • Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:32 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 10:46 a.m.

Nearly half a million dollars was raised this past weekend at the 45th Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The sale, which brought in $469,000, benefits the Mennonite Relief Committee, a world-relief organization operating in 60 countries.

“It is not for us or the people that attend the sale, but the ones that can’t afford to come to the sale, and the ones that don’t even know who we are or why we care,” said Jason Regier, a KMRS board member in a press release issued this week by the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale.

The quilt auction raised $120,089 from more than 250 items. More than 30 quilts were sold at $1,000 or more. The quilts that garnered the most money were the “Broken Star” quilt made by the Yoder Amish Church, which sold for $5,000; and a Vintage Postage Stamp, $4,000.

The general auction raised $65,978. A 1942 Studebaker sold for $14,750.

Next year’s sale is scheduled for April 11 and 12.

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