(ODON) - Organizers will once again put together the 32nd Annual Daviess County Relief Sale on the third Saturday of August at the Simon J. Graber Complex, but this year, the sale will have a new starting time, 5 p.m.
The goal of the Daviess County Relief Sale is to raise funds for Christian Ministries Charities, Christian Aid Ministries and Mennonite Central Committee, who all help feed, support and minister to hungry people around the world.
Also, 10 percent of this year's proceeds will be staying to help local organizations like the American Red Cross, Feed My Sheep and others that help those who are hungry or in need in the immediate area. In order to raise funds, organizers felt a later starting time would be beneficial.
"Several people in the community advised the committee that a late afternoon or evening start time would allow more people to attend the Relief Sale," said Leroy Kemp, president of this year's Relief Sale Committee. "We know many people have jobs or other commitments on Saturday mornings, so the later start time gives them an opportunity to support the sale."
In the past the Relief Sale started with a morning breakfast and the auction at 9 a.m., but this year's event on Saturday, Aug. 18 will not begin until 4 p.m. with the service of an evening meal and the auction at 5 p.m. The evening meal will consist of turkey, fish, baked beans, slaw and chips. Also, baked goods and ice cream will be available.
Although the start time may be new, the items for sale will be similar to the past.
One of the highlights of the sale is the hand-stitched quilts created by sewing circles in the community. Selling quilts has been a tradition at the auction since its inception in July 1981.
Last year 18 quality, full-size to queen size quilts were auctioned. Also, auctioned were 12 comforters and 16 baby blankets.
Other auction items expected include an antique-looking desk, curio cabinet, miscellaneous furniture items, toys, tools, gift certificates, household items and farm-related items.
Anyone is welcome to come and bid on the items, and anyone is welcome to donate new items to sell. Used items will not be sold this year. New sale items can be brought to the complex on Friday evening or Saturday morning. If one has questions about the sale, please contact Leroy Kemp at 486-3949 or Martin Raber at 486-2570.
While dropping off donated items for the auction, one can take in a few softball games and refreshments. This will be the third year for the men's softball tourney at the complex diamonds. More than 17 teams are expected to participate. The tourney will begin Aug. 17 and continue into Aug. 18. Snacks, turkey and sausage sandwiches and drinks will be available Friday evening and Saturday throughout the day.
If one would like to enter a team in the tournament, call Travis Yoder at 486-9922 or Reuben Miller at 486-6395 by Wednesday.
The Daviess County Relief Sale Committee is inviting the community to attend this special event and help them feed others around the world while spreading the gospel.
The committee has maintained its motto for the past three decades, which is I. John 3:17 "If anyone sees his brother in need and fails to help, ... what evidence is there of God's love...?"
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