West Hall – Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Friday, September 22

As you enter West Hall, the first thing you notice is the Candy Tables on the left in the entrance area.

On the right is the Disaster Response information.

Notice the orange donation bucket?

I like how they advertise that it is a donation bucket.

Continuing on the right is the Children’s Toy Store.

The produce is always beautifully displayed.

Mim has lots of beautiful plants for sale in the back corner.

Across the hall on the back left is the bakery.

Jen Cassel was glad to receive the money for your purchase.

Jen Martin cheerfully sold coffee to go with whatever bakery item you bought.

Doran has been in West Hall making pot holders for BDRA for many years.

Weaver Nut Company had a new feature this year.

Ed had just emptied this container of roasted nuts as I arrived.

A young Weaver packaging roasted almonds.

There were delicious samples…

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My last feature in West Hall is Share-A-Meal.

There is where people can post an offer to prepare a meal on a certain date and list how many people they can have at their table. Some even list the type of meal they will be cooking.

The cost is $20.00 a meal.

We have never done this, but hear great stories from friends about where they went and who else was there – and about the delicious food.

Center Hall at Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Friday, September 22

Lebanon Expo Center, Lebanon, PA

Auction registration

Coin Project

Take a container of pretzels home and bring it back next year filled with coins.

Or you can bring coins in any container.

Specialty Coffee Drinks

This is where I got my coffee – to go with my Amish-made filled donut.

For me – strong, black coffee – no favors.

If I remember correctly – this bakery donated 100 pies.

You could by one for a donation.

Misc Pictures from Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Friday, September 22

While walking from East Hall to the Pole Barn I noticed these morning glories looking beautiful in the morning sun.

Pole Barn Auction

This is one auction where you might be able to get a good deal.

Gift of the Heart – school kits were being set up for the afternoon kit building at 1 pm.

12,000 bags waiting to be filled

Pencil sharpeners. (I never saw any like this.)

Ingredients for a completed kit

Food – one of my favorite things of this day

My breakfast – with some sweet tea. 🙂

I didn’t have a cheesesteak, but they are a favorite of many who attend this event.

Our friends Arlene and John paying Joyce (another friend) for a chicken bbq meal.

These are the best donuts – made fresh on site by Amish men and ladies.

I had one of the filled kind – on the left – for lunch along with a cup of coffee.

This was just outside the area where the donuts and soft pretzels were being made.

Heifer Auction – Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Friday, September 22

It was a beautiful morning for walking through the pole barn where the heifer auction would soon be held.

As I walked along the outside of the barn all I saw was noses. 🙂

Checking the heifer stats before the auction

BDRA Co-Chairman Tom Fritz opens with a welcome and prayer.

It’s great to watch him doing a good job. We were classmates at Manheim Central – many years ago. This is about the only time of year I see him.

First heifer up for auction

I was surprised to see Glenn Hershey – from the Hershey 300th Year Celebration the previous week.

He said that he usually comes to this auction. So do I. But this is the first year that I know who he is. 🙂

Tomorrow night – another part of Brethren Disaster Relief Auction

Brethren Disaster Relief Auction – The Quilts

Friday and Saturday – September 23 & 24

1Booklets advertising the auction of 108 quilts and wall hangings. Several were added after the printing of this book.

1a-1The featured quilt sold for $2,000.00.

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9c-1It was donated by Annville Church of the Brethren in memory of my parents good friend Myra Ziegler.

9c-2It sold for $3,400.00.

It was fun watching the smiles on her husband and daughter’s faces.

The quilt auction brought in $32,000.00 for disaster relief.

Brethren Disaster Relief Auction ~ The Main Auction

Saturday, September 24

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saturdays-auction-29Frank led in opening devotions and audience singing.

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saturdays-auction-19I know some of the auctioneers and runners, but since I don’t know each one, I will not give names.

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saturdays-auction-25A few of the auction organizers in conversation.

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saturdays-auction-34Linnea recording final bids.

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saturdays-auction-38A 40th Anniversary pie in memory of Charlene who died suddenly earlier this year. Earl and Charlene served on the auction committee.

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saturdays-auction-43Orpha watering flowers before this container was sold.

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saturdays-auction-48These items were knitted by a blind woman.

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saturdays-auction-50I stayed until this Winross model truck was sold. It was the only thing on which I planned to bid – if it didn’t go too high. Cerwin drove a propane truck for Myer’s, and was there for 40 years. However, the company changed names several times. Cerwin has two of these, so we didn’t need one, but Cerwin didn’t want it to sell for under $40.00. It went for $170.00. I did not even bid.

Tomorrow night will be my final post for BDRA – the quilts.

Brethren Disaster Relief Auction ~ West Hall

Friday and Saturday, September 23 & 24

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1-5Prior to the auction, hostesses sign up to prepare meals, sometimes by saying what they will prepare, the date, and how many they will serve. On BDRA Friday and Saturday, people can sign up for a meal by paying $20.00 per person to go to the house of the host/hostess on the date they list.

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Brethren Disaster Relief Auction ~ Center Hall, Silent Auction & Country Treasures

Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24

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Country Treasures and Silent Auction in Main Hall

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Tomorrow night – West Hall with lots of produce and baked goods

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Brethren Disaster Relief Auction ~ Balloons & Food

Friday and Saturday, September 23 & 24

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This was someone’s Saturday morning breakfast.

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I will show you more goodies when I get to West Hall where there are many baked items for sale.

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I will post Center Hall Activities tomorrow night.

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