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Black Swamp Benefit Grosses Over $182,000

Rain, wind, thunder, and lightning failed to slow the pace of the seventh annual Black Swamp Benefit Bazaar, Saturday afternoon, June 21.

The yearly event that benefi ts Sunshine Children’s Home, Maumee, and the Mennonite Central Committee posted preliminary gross receipts of $182,180.

Gross receipts last year were $198,676. The all-time record set in 2005 was $203,613. Robert Aschliman, benefit treasurer, said Monday it will be two or three weeks before a final report is completed. He thinks 2008 will set another gross record.

This year, the Friday evening and Saturday live auctions of quilts, wood items, and other donations brought $95,042, compared to $94,001 in 2007. Food sales were $25,929, up from $23,034 last year.

The top-selling item was a Brazilian rosewood and oak coffee table with lifting top, made and donated by Lester Nofziger of Archbold. It sold for $3,600.

“Twisted Bargello,” the feature quilt designed by Carolyn Snyder, Pettisville, and quilted by Friends of Sunshine and Black Swamp, brought $3,400.

A rose-colored stained glass lamp made by Orval Sauder and donated by the estate sold for $2,000. Another Sauder crafted sold for $1,400, and his grandfather clock went for $1,500.

A stars and wild roses quilt designed by Marilouise Waidelich and pieced by Mary Alice Waidelich brought $2,100.

A vintage Allis Chalmers WD brought $1,550.

Bringing $1,500 each were a sunshine-and-shadow quilt from the Martin’s Creek Mennonite Women, Millersburg, and a geometrics wall hanging from a fifth grade class at Crossgates School, Toledo. The latter was donated back by the Toledo Centurions motorcycle group and sold for $1,500.

A floral appliqué quilt made by Central Mennonite Church Women of Archbold brought $1,500.

“Garden Dance,” a quilt made by Indiana Amish women and quilted by Grace Mennonite Church women, Bluffton, Ohio, brought $1,350.

Marge and Alta Greaser’s Celtic rose quilt sold for $1,200.

Penny Power dropped from $44,204 to $30,100, but Aschliman said this year all PP money is shared equally by Sunshine and MCC.

Previously the PP donations went to MCC water projects around the world.

Some bidders also took part in a single donation for an MCC Sudan relief project.

Donations dropped from $12,247 to $10,348. A special fund also dropped from $6,375 to $3,136, and the total for all other categories dropped from $18,815 to $17, 625.

Mennonite Churches, the Mennonite Central Committee, and Sunshine volunteers organized the first benefit in 2001. Today more than 40 churches, civic groups, individuals and volunteers take part.

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