2017 Press Release

“What’s a Peach Cobbler Mennonite Relief Auction?” Take one part high energy country auction.  Add two parts of classic handcrafted quilts and a generous dollop of home cooking. Throw in a barn-full of fun-loving, good-hearted folks with a touch of four-part harmony all intended to meet the world’s most urgent human needs – and, presto! There you have the recipe of what happens Sept. 16-17 in Perry at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, I-75 Exit 135 in Perry, Georgia.  The cherry on the top is that entry is free, and all are welcome.

Relief sales are unique celebratory auctions organized by Mennonites across the United States and Canada to raise funds for people in need around the world.  All items for sale at the auction are donated and sold to benefit Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches that responds to basic human needs and works for peace and justice.  The sale also benefits Christian Aid Ministries, a similar relief organization of the Amish and Mennonites.

The “Special Giving Project” at the Peach Cobbler Relief Sale will center on literacy.  When you know how to read, it’s easy to take the skill for granted. You read street signs, directions to assemble a bookshelf, the price of milk at the grocery store and the bright red “Urgent” on the front of an envelope. But around the world there are many people who never get the chance to learn to read or write or who don’t have the time or supplies to practice.  MCC supports literacy programs that give children and adults opportunities to learn how to read and write: opening doors to new jobs, new leadership opportunities and making everyday life a little bit easier.

The menu of activities on Friday and Saturday includes a hymn sing and sale preview beginning at 7:00 p.m., Friday.  Saturday’s events begin with a sale preview and breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  The auction begins shortly after at 9:00 a.m. — don’t miss the delicious quilts, sumptuous handicrafts, and yummy antiques.  If you come too late, you won’t be there for the best items as the auction ends mid afternoon when all is sold and gone!   There is a quilting demonstration, children’s activities, & a homemade craft corner!  BUT most of all you are welcome to some down-right good home cooking — barbequed chicken and peach cobbler!  Everyone is welcome!

Contact:  Brenda Shelby, Treasurer at 404-344-5012 or  ashelby@comcast.net, Sharon Rensberger Co-Chair at 404-404-536-3577 or rensberger@comcast.net or Marilyn Schertz Co-Chair at 404-373-2907 or Mschert@emory.edu.