Archbold, OH

Black Swamp Benefit Nets $100,000-Plus

Verle Short, treasurer of the Black Swamp Benefit, said Tuesday that benefit officials expect revenue from the event to be “in the neighborhood of $110,000 to $112,000, after expenses.

“A number of bills are still coming in,” he said.

The fund-raiser, started 12 years ago, was held June 14-15 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Short said in 2012, the benefit’s board of directors distributed $58,500 to Sunshine, Inc., and to the Mennonite Central Committee, for a total net profit of $117,000.

In 2011, $55,000 was distributed to each, for a total net of $110,000.

“We anticipate we will be between $55,000 and $56,000, unless we get some other big donations in,” he said.

Short said money raised by the auctions was down about $3,000.

He said there were fewer items donated to auction.

“Penny Power,” in which people donate spare change, will raise about $28,000, which is “down a little,” he said.

But matching donations to the “Penny Power” program are not all in.

The Friday night BSB Jam concert, featuring three Christian music performers, netted about $3,100, but Short said benefit officials were pleased with the amount, especially for a first-time event.

“We’ve had extremely good comments (about the concert). The groups were all people-friendly, and the small atmosphere was a positive,” he said.

The board has given the go-ahead for another concert in 2014.

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