Amish and Mennonite communities have long supported mission and relief efforts for the country of Haiti.

Haiti International Faith MissionsAccording to The Amish, the first Haiti benefit auction was held in 1978 in northern Indiana, with the second starting in Ohio a few years later (p. 456, footnote # 50). Money raised by the annual sales goes to support an assortment of charity groups operating in the country.

The first Haiti auction of the year kicks off two weeks from today in Sarasota, Florida, with around a half-dozen more throughout the year in states including New York, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

Something I did not know: a Sarasota-area reader shares that “The HBA has fundraisers ahead of the auction so that all donations on the day of the auction go to benefit Haiti.” This included a December barbecue chicken fundraiser in Pinecraft Park to cover auction expenses.

Read more on Amish Haiti benefit and mission involvement.

2015 Haiti Benefit Auction Schedule

There is a missing date (Illinois) which I’ll plug in when I get it.

January 16-17, 2015
18th Florida Haiti Benefit Auction
Sarasota County Fairgrounds
3000 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
floridahba.com

May 16, 2015
Kentucky Haiti Benefit Auction
Bluegrass Sales Stables
205 Tress Shop Rd
Trenton, KY 42286

May 22-23, 2015
34th Annual Benefit Auction
Shipshewana Antique Auction
345 S. Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN

June 19-20, 2015
New York Haiti Benefit Auction
Penn Yan Fairgrounds
Old NY 14
Penn Yan, NY 14572

July 18, 2015
17th Pennsylvania Haiti Benefit Auction
2727 Old Philadelphia Pike,
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
pahaitiauction.com

September 4-5, 2015
29th Ohio Haiti Benefit Auction
Mt. Hope Auction
8076 SR 241
Millersburg, OH 44654

(2015 Date?)
Illinois Haiti Benefit Auction
Otto Center
2058 CR 1800 E
Arthur, IL 61911

Haiti Auction Video

Below is a video on last year’s Florida Haiti auction, held at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Video author Ernest Bontrager explains that the money from this sale went to ten different missions, including an orphanage, a Christian literature organization, and a school for the deaf.

Hang around in the video til at least the 3:10 mark, when you’ll hear the talents of Voice of Praise, a Virginia Mennonite a capella quartet, who sang in last year’s edition.