Benefit auction to help provide relief to thousands of sick, homeless Haitians

By Arthur Graphic-Clarion staff

Arthur Graphic-Clarion of Arthur, Illinois

The Otto Center, one-half mile south of Arthur on County Line Road (000E) will be the site of the 22nd Annual Haiti Benefit Auction on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24.

The auction is the effort of a collection of individuals, churches, and others to assist the sick, hungry, and homeless of Haiti. Relief is given throughout the country of Haiti without regard to race, religion, or creed.

The auction attracts hundreds of visitors and raises thousands of dollars for several different mission and outreach organizations, which will be represented at the sale. You are encouraged to come and visit with them.

Friday evening activities offer a preview of Saturday's auction items plus a bake sale featuring fried pies, noodles, cookies, cakes, pies, white and wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, tea rings, and doughnuts from 4 to 8 p.m.

A supper will be served from 4 to 7:30. The menu includes fresh Mississippi catfish, apple crisp, and soft serve ice cream. Carry out will be available.

A mini-auction follows the meal from 6:30 to 7:30, and a gospel sing will be held from 6 to 6:30 and again from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Auction Day is Saturday. It starts with a breakfast from 6 to 8:30 a.m. featuring eggs, mush, biscuits and gravy, sausage, potatoes, coffee, and more.

The auction commences at 8 a.m., and the bake sale starts at 7. Both continue all day. Lunch will be served starting at 10 a.m. and includes grilled chicken, hamburgers, salads, pizza, homemade pie, soft serve and homemade ice cream, soft pretzels, and drinks.

The auction features a variety of goods such as household furniture, quilts, sewing items, meat bundles, tractors, outbuildings, tools, outdoor furniture, tack, and other horse-related items as well as a variety of miscellaneous items for the home, recreation, and the farm.

The Arthur Area Amish and non-Amish communities invite you to visit the area to take advantage of all the things to see and do. You are encouraged to stop by the Otto Center and check out the auction and other activities.

"We are a channel through which people can contribute by donating items or a helping hand," said the sale organizers. "All auction proceeds go 100 percent to the many missions in Haiti which are required to give a financial report, meet certain standards, and show proper use of funds in the past.

"All labor is donated; all workers and board members are expected to pay for what they eat. There are no salaries and no commissions."

For more information, call Willis Miller (217) 294-1173, Kenny Jess (217) 549-8789, or Melvin Otto (217) 543-3375. You can also contact Arthur Welcome Center at 800-722-6474 for information on this event and others taking place in the Arthur area.

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