2018-04-11 / Front Page

Fairlawn Auction Grosses $30,512


Top left: Mark Frey, auctioneer, accepts a bid Friday night, April 6, during the Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction. Over his right shoulder is the 2018 feature quilt, “Convex Illusions,” which sold for $1200. Top right: Kendall Sprow, 11, Delta, shows off a birdhouse up for bid. She is the granddaughter of Joyce Winzeler, Archbold, president of the Fairlawn Auxiliary Board. Right: Diane Taylor, auxiliary board member, displays an antique drawing of Mennonite quilters at work. It sold for $150.– photos by David Pugh Top left: Mark Frey, auctioneer, accepts a bid Friday night, April 6, during the Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction. Over his right shoulder is the 2018 feature quilt, “Convex Illusions,” which sold for $1200. Top right: Kendall Sprow, 11, Delta, shows off a birdhouse up for bid. She is the granddaughter of Joyce Winzeler, Archbold, president of the Fairlawn Auxiliary Board. Right: Diane Taylor, auxiliary board member, displays an antique drawing of Mennonite quilters at work. It sold for $150.– photos by David Pugh The 52nd annual Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction raised $30,512, Mari Yoder, director of marketing and communications for the Fairlawn Haven Retirement Community, said Monday.

Gross proceeds for the event, held Thursday and Friday, April 5-6, at Founder’s Hall, were off $5,988 from 2017, when the gross amount was $36,500. The decline is 16.4%.

Since this newspaper began keeping records in 2007, it is the lowest amount the auction has raised.

The quilts– one of the auction mainstays– raised $5,460, down $4,955 from 2017, when they brought in $10,415.

Much of the difference can be attributed to the feature quilt.

In 2017, a bidding war erupted between two attendees, driving the price of the feature quilt up to $5,500, more than 243% higher than the 2016 feature quilt.

The 2018 feature quilt, “Convex Illusion,” was a smaller, decorative piece rather than a full-size bed quilt. It sold for $1,200.

Record Thursday

Yoder said the meal served at the Thursday night auction preview set a record, with about 500 meals served.

Jazz bands from Archbold and Pettisville high schools “did a phenomenal job. That brought in more families, and the seniors enjoyed the music,” Yoder said.

Friday night, the night of the auction, Yoder said there was a large crowd on hand.

“Quilts went lower than they have in the past, but it’s a different market nowadays,” she said.

“Overall, we were very pleased.”

Yoder said credit should go to the women of the Fairlawn Auxiliary, noting the auxiliary board organizes the event.

“It’s a tremendous amount of work,” she said.

“And Zion Mennonite Church, God love them, they just kept cooking up more and more food.”

In spite of the record crowd, “there was plenty for every- one. Anyone who came did not go away hungry,” she said.

Use

Money raised by the annual Fairlawn Auxiliary auctions goes toward purchasing things to improve the lives of those living in the Fairlawn Care Center.

In the 12 years between 2007-2018, the auction has raised a gross amount of $448,731.63 for Fairlawn.

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