WESTMINSTER — One baked a chocolate cake, another painted a still life, someone else stood all day selling hot dogs, and others stitched for countless hours.
Like the myriad tiny stitches woven through a colorful quilt, the number of people lending a hand to Saturday's worthy cause proved incalculable.
Their combined efforts, however, resulted in raising more than $33,000 at the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Disaster Response Auction sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic District of the Church of the Brethren at the Agricultural Center.
Since 1981, yearly auctions have netted nearly $288,000 to help people in need as a result of natural catastrophes in the United States and around the world. Last year's amount was $33,700.
"The brethren came through," said Treasurer Stanley Holcombe, a member of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren.
This year, part of the money will assist those who suffered because of the Persian Gulf war and Soviet food shortages and provide aid to Romanian children, Middle East relief, Sudanese food assistance and help for those hit by floods in the state of Washington, said treasurer StanleyHolcombe, a member of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren. Afterassessing the needs, relief will go to victims of the Bangladesh cyclone and Kansas tornado calamities.
Six auctioneers, including JimGreene of Westminster, donated
their time to hawk quilts, toys, antiques, tools, art and furniture, and more visitors jam-packed the building to view the quilt auction, highlight of the day, which nettedmore than $17,000.
Quilt coordinator Trudy Mills, a member of thePiney Creek Church of the Brethren in Taneytown, said the 95 handmade creations included quilts, comforters, baby quilts and wall-hangings. A quilt by the Edgewood Church of the Brethren, Frederick County, netted the most, $1,300.
"Still Life," a painting by Richard Eichman of Union Bridge, added $180. A silent auction, including dinners, a picnic, firewood, a hot air balloon ride and chartered boat rides, yielded $800.
People purchased unique handcrafted gifts, plants, books, and decorative items displayed on tables throughout the complex.
John Lautermilch of Linwood served with 22 others on the AuctionCommittee.
"There are in excess of 100 people working here today," he said.
During an inspirational service preceding the quilt auction, Carrie Finch, 17, presented a check for $2,034 contributed by sponsors of 50 youths at a lock-in fast at the New Windsor Service Center.