Welcome to the 2015 Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale!
This Year's Don't Miss Events
Friday, March 20
- 4:30 – 7:30 pm Fish / Chicken Barbecue dinners
- 4:30 – 7:30 Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
- 4:30 Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
- 4:30 Booths Open
- 6:30 Auction Begins
- 7:30 Auction of Quilts & Comforters
Saturday, March 21
- 6:00 – 11:00 am Pancakes / Sausage breakfast
- 7:00 Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
- 7:00 Booths Open
- 8:30 Grand Auction Begins
- 9:30 Auction of Quilts
- 10:15 Children’s Auction
- 11:00 Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
- 12 Noon Prayer
The Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale Board wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who supported the 55th Illinois Sale with their prayers, assistance, and contributions. Because of God’s bountiful blessings and the hard work of many Relief Sale volunteers, the 55th Illinois Sale was another success.
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 56th 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