Ohio Crippled Children’s Benefit a blessing to many

Ohio Crippled Children’s Benefit a blessing to many

The Ohio Crippled Children’s Benefit Auction will take place at the Mt. Hope Event Center on June 28-29. The event will also include a health fair with 32 vendors.


For families dealing with children with special needs, the expenses can build up into a mountain of financial burden.

Fortunately, in this area there are many people willing to do whatever they can. To help ease the financial pain and worry, people like the volunteers for the upcoming 28th annual Ohio Crippled Children’s Benefit Auction.

The Ohio Crippled Children’s Benefit Auction will take place at the Mt. Hope Event Center on June 28-29. In coordination with the benefit auction will be a health expo that will be in the new addition of the event center.

The Ohio’s Crippled Children’s Fund is working to help Amish families cope with newborns facing conditions such as cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and a host of other diseases and genetic conditions, providing financial assistance to families facing mounting medical expenses and travel costs.

“We live in a very blessed community where there are a lot of people ready to help out and touch the lives of others,” said committee member Miriam Yoder. “Families with children who have special needs face many financial challenges and our goal is to be here to support them.”

The benefit auction will include plenty of quality items, including sporting goods, furniture, horses, buggies quilts and more, all of which will be auctioned off starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and picking up again at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Breakfast will be served starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The Friday evening agenda will start with a full supper being served starting at 4 p.m.
with the sports auction kicking into gear at 5 p.m. The auction will feature plenty of name brand hunting, fishing and camping items, softball and volleyball equipment, tree stands, and much more.

“The Friday evening sports auction has always been incredibly successful,” Yoder said. “There is always a huge selection.”

On Saturday at Location #1, the small items, crafts and collectibles will hit the auction block beginning at 8:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. the auction will shift to quilts, wall hangings and select furniture items, with more than 100 large, beautiful and colorful quilts up for grabs.

At noon the auction will feature one of its premier pieces, a stunning 40-by-64-foot building, along with some large furniture. The insulated shop building includes garage doors with windows, entry doors with half glass, 10 vinyl windows, a concrete floor with two drains, vinyl or metal siding, shingle or metal roof, and excavating is included on flat grade. Mileage will be charged if the buyer lives farther than 60 miles from Mt. Hope and $5,000 will be due the day of sale with the balance due upon completion. The building must be built in 2024.

At Location #2 the auction day will kick off at 9 a.m. with small items, crafts and collectibles, followed by large furniture.

At 9:30 a.m. Location #3 will feature a wagon load of small items and tools, while Location #4 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the sale of lawn furniture, buildings and windmills. At noon the auction will focus on driving horses, buggies and carts.

The annual Health Expo show hours will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday and and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“The health expo was something we added that has become quite popular,” said Yoder, who is in charge of building the vendor list that included all types of health care products, vitamins and supplements, home products with the likes of Energy Solutions, Cozy Creations, Pampered Chef, newcomer Fun Time Creations and many others, with 32 vendors providing plenty to explore.

R&L Concessions is also bringing its food truck for the first time ever.

The benefit is also supported by all of the area Amish churches.

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