Ron Short, chairman of the Black Swamp Benefit, said the BSB Jam, the Friday, June 14 concert, was a big success.
About 900 to 1,000 people attended the performance by three Christian music groups, and all comments were positive, Short said.
“Some were hesitant about the weather and didn’t buy their tickets until the event. They didn’t mind paying extra, because it was for the Black Swamp Benefit,” he said.
“They got their money’s worth.”
The goal of the concert was to bring in young people and a different crowd who hadn’t attended the benefit fundraiser before.
“We had no idea what to expect,” Short said.
“People came from Cleveland, from Indiana, and from Michigan.
“Friday, people ate food. The food booths were very busy.
“In fact, the (Fulton County Dairy Association) milkshake stand reminded people of the Fulton County Fair, with people stacked up 10 deep.
“They couldn’t keep up, they had to go out and get more milk.”
Short was complimentary of the artists who performed at the concert.
“They were very personable,” he said. “They signed autographs and talked to the kids before and after the show. They felt very comfortable here in Northwest Ohio.”
There were good turnouts for other events, including the Oozeball (mud volleyball) tournament and 5K run.
No Dollar Figures
this year’s Sauder Village Quilt Show, raised $3,050.
Short said it sold for $1,800. The buyer then donated the quilt back to the auction, and it sold a second time for $1,250.
Purchasing items, then donating them back to the auction, has long been one way the Centurions Motorcycle Club, Toledo, has supported the benefit.
The club has had a relationship with the benefit, and Sunshine, Inc., for many years.
However, Short said others are starting to follow the Centurions’ example.
“People want to support the benefit, but they don’t necessarily want the items. There was a lot of re-donating,” he said.
Volunteers from Sunshine, Inc, the former Sunshine Children’s Home, Maumee, and the national Mennonite Central Committee created the Black Swamp Benefit about 12 years ago.
Money raised at the benefit supports Sunshine’s local efforts and MCC, which supports many needs around the world.–David Pugh