2019 Relief Sale Board
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Fish / Chicken Barbecue dinners
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
4:30 p.m. Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
5:30 p.m. Booths Open
6:30 p.m. Auction Begins
7:45 p.m. Quilt Auction starts (with quilts, wall hangings, etc.)
9:00 p.m. Auction concludes for evening
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
6:00 – 11:00 a.m. Pancakes / Sausage breakfast
7:00 a.m. Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
7:00 a.m. Booths Open
8:30 a.m. Grand Auction Begins
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Crying of Quilts
10:15 a.m. Children’s Auction
11:00 a.m. Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
11 - 11:45 a.m. Crying of Quilts
12:00 p.m. Noon Prayer
Auction continues and booths are open until sold out.
The 2019 Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale activities will conclude on or before 5:00 pm on March 16.
2019 pricing for Fish & Chicken is $8 for ¼ chicken or 1 fish fillet and $10 for ½ chicken or 2 fish fillets. Pricing for all-you-can-eat pancakes and grilled sausage breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.
It’s time to spring into the 61st Annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale! Join us for food, fun and fellowship, from the hands of hundreds of volunteers from more than 30 Illinois churches.
The theme for this year’s sale is “Courageous Compassion in Christ.” Start with barbecued chicken/fish fillet dinners on Friday evening, and stay for delicious pies, auction, quilt auction, and more. On Saturday, enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancakes and grilled sausage breakfast, followed by a full day of auction, booths, and food.
Meat specialties sold include honey-smoked turkey, butterfly pork chops, beef strips, barbecue jerky, rib-eye sandwiches, barbecues and hot dogs.
Dutch Market special treats offered include homemade pies, breads, pashka, tea rings, candies, cakes, and cookies.
Additional favorites for sale are homemade noodles and many Pennsylvania Dutch treats such as chocolate dipped pretzels, pfeffernuesse, divinity, fudge, mints, and peanut brittle, along with unique jams and jellies.
Other goodies include: curly fries, freshly prepared donuts, homemade ice cream, mennonice, nachos & soft pretzels, and popcorn & cider.
Coffee lovers are invited to come and enjoy freshly brewed Café Latte, Mochachino, Cappuccino, French Vanilla, and also hot chocolate.
Items to be cried at auction include toys, games, outdoor items, tools, Amish furniture, pictures, antique items, and much more. Special Arthur furniture items to be sold this year are a large dining room set, three-piece bedroom suite, lounge chair, large rocker, and some lawn furniture.
Each year the sale is blessed with the donation of approximately 100 beautiful quilts and wall hangings for auction.
Each year the Sale Board sponsors an outstanding masterpiece direct from Pennsylvania. This year’s beautiful queen quilt is an original “Bargello Flame.” It is finely stitched by one Amish lady and is pieced in many colors of lovely shades of purple.
Each year sale-goers are inspired by the unusual overseas craft items presented by the Ten Thousand Villages booth, including leather goods, linens, jewelry, baskets, and unique musical instruments. The Ten Thousand Villages program provides jobs and income for those in need.
Once again this year eighty percent of the Illinois Sale net proceeds is channeled to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Akron, Pennsylvania. This is an international world relief agency in 57 countries of the world.
According to the “Annual Report 2018 for MCC in the United States,” MCC workers accomplished much last year including: 1) improving the water source in 10,152 households; 2) providing emergency food assistance to 256,472 households; 3) sending 63,841 comforters to the needy in 13 countries; 4) providing 24,530 relief kits for families facing disaster; 5) providing 69,375 hygiene kits for the needy; 6) helping 92,482 people with medical problems; 7) planting 4,896 gardens and teaching growing techniques; 8) providing 774,069 pounds of canned meat for the hungry; 9) helping 51,217 students participate in MCC-supported educational programs; and 10) giving 223,154 deprived individuals additional emergency food assistance.
One part of raising money for MCC is the Relief Sale Program. Annually there are 30 sales held in America and 10 in Canada. The annual income from all of these sales totals nearly $5,000,000.00.
The net total for the past 60 Illinois Sales is over eight million dollars. Each year eighty percent of the net is channeled through MCC. For the past thirty-five years twenty percent of the net has been used locally to provide food assistance in central Illinois. This now totals over $1,350,000.00.
The 2019 Relief Sale Board sincerely thanks God for His guidance and blessings during our past 60 sales and to God all glory is given. Also special thanks to all the volunteers who have helped and all who have attended and supported the Illinois Sale.
As always, admission and parking are free.