Welcome to the 2013 Anniversary Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale!
The Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale Board wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who supported the 54th Illinois Sale with their prayers, assistance, and contributions. Because of God’s bountiful blessings and the hard work of many Relief Sale volunteers, the 54th Illinois Sale was another success.
In addition we are happy to report that the Geiser Ford Company, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, invited the Relief Sale people to participate in a fund raiser. The plan was that Ford would donate to the Relief Sale $20 for each family that participated in this project. Those individuals who were willing to test drive a new Ford vehicle and complete a form numbered a couple hundred. Thus, the Relief Sale realized a nice contribution. The Sale Board extends special thanks to all involved.
The Illinois Sale Board wishes to cordially invite everyone to the 55th Anniversary Illinois Sale on March 15-16, 2013, at Interstate Center in Bloomington.
Every year approximately 1,500 volunteers share their time, talent, and monetary contributions at the Illinois Relief Sale. The purpose is to help alleviate suffering at home and abroad. Eighty percent of the net proceeds are sent to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a relief and service agency working in over 60 countries of the world, including America. Twenty percent of the net is used by local charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Peoria Rescue Ministries, Bloomington’s Center of Hope Pantry, Midwest Food Bank of both Peoria and Bloomington, and others for the purpose of providing food for the hungry.
This year is the 55th year for the Annual Illinois Sale. The first Illinois Sale, which was on March 21, 1959, at the Congerville Angus Sale Barn, totaled a net of $5,000. In 1966 the Illinois Sale was moved to Peoria’s Exposition Gardens, and from 1983 through 1997 the Sale was held in Peoria’s Civic Center. Since 1998, the Illinois Relief Sale has been at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois.
In Galatians 6:9 we read: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” In quoting 2 Corinthians 9:4 we find: “Just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
For more information please contact:
- Sale Co-Ordinator Donald F. Roth (309-266-7704) or via email: drroth at mtco dot com
- Sale Co-Ordinator Jess Slager (309-449-5782) or via email: jesslinda70 at yahoo dot com