45th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
The equation for a successful sale is the right weather plus good attendance
plus generous giving totaling around $469,000 raised at the 45th Kansas
Mennonite Relief Sale, Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, April 13 and 14.
"We lift our eyes to the Lord with thanksgiving for the amount raised
and we rejoice in our hearts for the ability to share our blessings around
the world through the work of MCC," said Matt Voth, Goessel, KMRS sale
The KMRS proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee, a world-relief
"We need to remember why we do this sale and who we are doing this
for," said Jason Regier, Buhler, KMRS board member. "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
MCC provides relief, development and peace programs in over 60 countries.
The KMRS is organized and run by an all-volunteer staff.
"In the end, I was impressed which how easy you all (sale volunteers
and committee members) make this look--thank you for that," said Rod
Chrystie, KMRS board. "I also thought about how many miracles took
place right in our midst all weekend--the donations, the purchases, the
family times together, the teamwork--and the recipients of these funds
that will be clothed, fed, visited in prison and given a cold cup of water.
I thank God for that.
Everyone did a fabulous job but this is so much bigger than the sum of the
parts. God has done it again--45 years straight."
The quilt auction featured over 250 items with a final total of $120,089.50.
Around 30 quilts garnered bids of $1,000 or more. The top two quilts sold
were the "Broken Star" quilt by Yoder Amish Church at $5,000 and
a Vintage Postage Stamp quilt at $4,000.
The general auction raised $65,978.75. The featured items generated the
following bids: '42 Studebaker $14,750, mini Prowler $1,650, Hustler Sport
donated by Excel Industries $4,500, C Case Tractor $2,900, International
tractor $1,600, John Deere B $4,500 and Ford 8N $4,400.
Run for Relief participation was up just a bit from last year with
participants over 300, according to Amy Schmidt, Newton, Run chairperson.
The two participates with the most pledges gathered were Darrel Doerksen,
Wichita, $3,070, and Jerry Toews, Goessel, $1,700. The run's total was
"We had a great group of runners and walkers and a wonderful morning
for the event," said Schmidt. "We were so thankful for the all
the participation and support of the run."
Other notable totals include:
- Silent Auction: $7,931
- Surplus Auction: $4,016
- Pennies: $19,843.27
- Children's auction: $588
- Quilters Corner: $15,982.05
- Feeding the multitude: $39,131.08
The 46th annual KMRS is scheduled April 11 & 12, 2014 at the Kansas State
Fairgrounds, Hutchinson. For more information about this year's sale and
updates on next year's sale, log on to
KMRS publicity chair