The Pennsylvania Relief Sale began in 1957 under the name "Tri-County Relief Sale", representing Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties. Ford Berg, pastor of Zion Mennonite Church, north of Morgantown, PA, started the initiative when he had a conviction that something should be done for relief needs. He selected a committee to organize a relief sale.
The first sale, held on March 30, 1957 on Ralph Hertzler's farm near Morgantown, brought $4,500 for relief work. Currently, the Relief Sale is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and represents many of the counties in central Pennsylvania. All money raised by the sale is given to Mennonite Central Committee for relief work.
Since 1957, the PA Relief Sale has raised over $12 million, all of which has been used to help people in need in countries throughout the world. A sincere thank-you to all who faithfully donated, volunteered, and visited the PA Relief Sale during the past 50 plus years. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our 57th Annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale on April 5 & 6, 2013!
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