Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale sends $400K to MCC

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale sends $400K to MCC

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Now that the hard work is all in the rearview mirror, the board members of the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale of Wayne and Holmes Country got to participate in the fun stuff.

Following recently putting the wraps on its annual wrap-up meeting at its new 2023 location at the event center in Mt. Hope, the 2022 financial reports were presented, and based on the recommendation of its treasurer, those in attendance approved the motion to send $400,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee.

That is a record number according to Brenda LaTulippe, OMRS president, and while it sounds like a monumental amount — which it is — she said it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything MCC does on a global landscape.

“What we do with the Relief Sale and the funds we generate are just a little part of an enormous and important organization, but we were so excited to be able to present them with a record amount this year from our effort,” LaTulippe said. “We have a lot of people who put in a lot of work and effort into making the Relief Sale special and it’s always humbling to see where the funds from our effort go to help those in need around the world.”

The record-setting funds were accompanied by record-setting visitors to the event this past summer. LaTulippe said those two things combined with the incredible giving of both the auction and sale as well as the My Coins Count project paved the way to success.

MCC recently released its latest annual report, and LaTulippe said the board was excited to see exactly where those financial contributions were going. That giving included supporting global relief efforts to the tune of more than $19 million, while more than $29 million went to development and $10 million went toward building peace.

During the annual wrap-up meeting that took place in their new digs in Mt. Hope, many of the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale volunteers were on hand to view the new facility and present their questions to both the Relief Sale board and event center manager Paul Money.

Currently, the event center is undergoing an expansion from 60,000 to 80,000-square-feet, meaning that much more room for the organization to spread its wings and present greater opportunity for people to give to the event.

“There will be plenty of space to house the entire event under one roof and it will all be air-conditioned,” LaTulippe said. “Since the new location is closer to the tourism area in Holmes County, there will be more lodging options are available, as well as many other attractions in the area.”

She added that while the massive amount of space was enticing, two particular aspects of the center highlighted the visit for the members.

“I think we were all more than a little excited about everything being in once place with air conditioning for our entire event,” LaTulippe said with a laugh. “That’s never happened before. The other thing that was exciting was seeing the kitchen area. Our food people looked around there and were really excited about all of the possibilities.”

LaTulippe said the Relief Sale board wishes to thank everyone who participated in the 2022 event and the hope is that 2023 will bring an even bigger and better weekend that will invite supporters to return and help make this event the success it has become.

The dates for the 2023 auction and sale are set for July 7-8, where the organization will make its inaugural effort in the Mt. Hope Event Center.

She said they are already planning ahead to make the upcoming event bigger and better than ever, with the support and aid of families across the globe in the forefront of everything they do.

“Our Relief Sale is truly a community effort that takes a lot of hands and volunteers, but we always keep in mind that we are here to help those in need,” LaTulippe said.

To learn more about MCC, visit them at: www.mcc.org, or to learn more about the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale and how you can get involved, visit them at: www. ohiomccreliefsale.org.