MCC Saskatchewan hosts successful relief sale and auction

June 18, 2019 | Web First
Donna Schulz | Saskatchewan Correspondent
A shopper admires the wares of Irene Harms at the artisan market, new to this year’s MCC Saskatchewan Relief Sale and Auction. (Photos by Donna Schulz)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan hosted its 49th annual relief sale and auction at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park on June 7 and 8. An estimated 750 people took in a supper and concert with Saskatoon bluegrass band, Corner Grass on June 7, while about 2,500 people attended the sale the following day.

New to this year’s event was an artisan market, where local artisans rented tables to display and sell their wares. MCC Saskatchewan executive director Eileen Klassen Hamm says this innovation brought new people to the sale who hadn’t attended before.

The auction itself brought in about $32,000. Another innovation this year was the auctioning of cumulative bids for MCC development projects, including wells for Ethiopia and Mozambique. Klassen Hamm says supporters were telling them, “We don’t need anything anymore.” MCC Saskatchewan borrowed the idea from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), she says.

“I think it’s the direction we need to go into,” she says, “so that the sale is less about consumerism and more about meaningful experiences.”

Although final numbers have yet to be calculated, Klassen Hamm expects this year’s sale to bring in somewhere between $100,000 and $130,00, similar to the last five years.

“It is an important fundraising event,” she says, “but it’s an even more important community event.”
 


Two women discuss one of the many quilts up for auction at the MCC Saskatchewan Relief Sale and Auction.

 


Volunteers work hard to keep up with the demand for watermelon and rollkuchen, a deep-fried bread favoured by many folks of Russian Mennonite heritage.

 


Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s regional church minister, paints a youngster’s face.


Vicky Stucky and Leo Schulz fry rollkuchen.

 


This year’s event included a crokinole tournament.

 


Auctioneer Paul Thiessen, second from left, calls for bids on the quilt displayed at left. While quilts are still popular items at the MCC Saskatchewan Relief Sale and Auction, this year’s visitors could also bid on several development projects, including wells for Mozambique.

 


A volunteer fries Mennonite-style farmer’s sausage for hungry people lined up at the MCC Saskatchewan Relief Sale and Auction.

 

A shopper admires the wares of Irene Harms at the artisan market, new to this year’s MCC Saskatchewan Relief Sale and Auction. (Photos by Donna Schulz)

Share this page:

Add new comment

Canadian Mennonite invites comments and encourages constructive discussion about our content. Actual full names (first and last) are required. Comments are moderated and may be edited. They will not appear online until approved and will be posted during business hours. Some comments may be reproduced in print.