2014-06-25 / News

Attendance Down At Black Swamp Benefit


It takes many volunteers to make the Black Swamp Benefit work, as illustrated by this photo. Clockwise, from left: Anita Roth, Tami Miller, Marilyn Short, Luann Goertzen, Larry Richer, Melda Richer, and Char Roth fold quilts to hang above the stage during the Saturday, June 21 auction. All are volunteers from Pettisville, with the exception of Short, who is from Archbold, and the Richers, who are from Wauseon.– photo by David Pugh It takes many volunteers to make the Black Swamp Benefit work, as illustrated by this photo. Clockwise, from left: Anita Roth, Tami Miller, Marilyn Short, Luann Goertzen, Larry Richer, Melda Richer, and Char Roth fold quilts to hang above the stage during the Saturday, June 21 auction. All are volunteers from Pettisville, with the exception of Short, who is from Archbold, and the Richers, who are from Wauseon.– photo by David Pugh Charles Nafziger, chairman of the Black Swamp Benefit, said this year’s event appeared to be “down a little.”

The benefit, held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, is a joint fund-raiser for the Mennonite Central Committee and Sunshine, Inc.

One featured event is the annual auction; a big part of the auction is the sale of quilts.

Nafziger said quilts brought in more than normal.

The feature quilt, “Rhapsody Song,” by sisters Marge and Alta Grieser, Archbold, brought in $2,600.

The buyer donated the quilt back to the auction, and it sold a second time for $2,000.

“We had a lot of others in the $1,200 to $1,500 range,” Nafziger said.

A 1951 International Farmall H tractor sold for $1,700.

Two playhouses went for $1,300 each.

“Bidding was on a steady pace at a better rate than we saw last year,” he said.

Totals Not Ready

Total amounts raised were not available Monday, he said.

Nafziger said rain on Friday may have hindered attendance, but conditions cleared, and Friday night was a cool evening. Saturday was clear and not terribly hot.

The Saturday Oozeball, or mud volleyball tournament, was great, Nafziger said. A lot of young people participated.

Centurions

A tradition is the participation of the Centurions Motorcycle Club of Toledo.

Nafziger said there were about 50 motorcycles parked in front of the Spengler Arena, where the auction was conducted.

“They rode in and stayed for a couple hours. They did a lot of bidding, and donated items back to be sold again,” Nafziger said.

“They’re very supportive.

“When they left, they assured me they would be back next year. We look forward to having them.”

Mennonite Central Committee, or MCC, is a relief agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches. The group channels aid to relieve suffering nationally and worldwide.

Sunshine of Northwest Ohio is a Maumee-based non-profit agency affiliated with the Mennonite Church. Sunshine serves people with disabilities and their families in Northwest Ohio.

Formerly the Sunshine Children’s Home, Sunshine currently operates 15 family care or group homes, provides services at individual client homes, and offers respite programs for caregivers.

Sunshine also offers supported employment and day habitation.

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