A few months ago, it looked like COVID-19 would force the cancellation of the province’s oldest, and arguably most popular charity quilt auction. Begun 47 years ago by the Elmira District Community Living (EDCL), the fundraiser enables EDCL to provide much-needed supports and services not provided by government for individuals who have intellectual disabilities.

Fortunately, Elmer Brubacher, chair of the auction committee, found a solution in technology. He approached long-time EDCL supporter and auctioneer Gary Jantzi (Jantzi Auctions Ltd.), who generously agreed to conduct an online auction using his HiBid platform. “This means we’ll have an online auction at the same time as live bidding,” explained Elmer. Pictures of the items being auctioned will be available online on the Jantzi Auction site (https://www.jantziauctions.net/) approximately two weeks prior to the auction.

The combination of live and online was essential. “The Mennonite community are strong supporters and donors in so many ways,” says Elmer. “Because the horse-and-buggy Mennonites don’t have Internet access, it’s important that we can invite them to the auction centre.” However, he adds, “we ask that just one family member comes to the auction, so that everyone has a chance to bid.”

The Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative will be the site of the live and silent auctions as it has been for several years. The location will be open from 9am to 5pm on Friday, October 30 and again at 9am on Saturday, October 31. People are welcome to come by on Friday to bid on silent auction items and to view the quilts and hand-crafted furniture that will be auctioned on Saturday, October 31. Reserve bids on quilts may be placed on Friday. Online bidders are encouraged to enjoy the auction from home.

EDCL is working closely with Waterloo Regional Public Health on health and safety protocols. “Sadly, there will be no brisket dinner,” says EDCL Executive Director, Greg Bechard. “But we’re planning to provide everything else, just in a different way.”

As EDCL’s biggest annual fundraiser, proceeds from the quilt auction have made possible such important initiatives as residential support for adults with an intellectual disability and a model of independent housing that has been recognized in Canada’s national housing strategy.

“We’re so grateful to the quilters and the makers of handcrafted furniture for their generosity and creativity, and to the many people who have supported the auction for so many years,” says Greg. “This year, we hope to welcome even more people – virtually.”

Final details for the auction are being worked out in conjunction with Waterloo Region Public Health and will be available next week. The Auction committee can promise to have the quilt, new furniture and silent auctions this year, as well as the outside sale of farm and yard items. The committee is also making plans for the ever popular giant bake table, although it may be held at a separate location, due to the limitations in the number of people allowed to attend the auction – 100 people total and only 50 inside at one time. So stay tuned!

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Quilt Auction is going on-line in 2020

The 2020 Elmira Charity Quilt Auction will be hosted
On-Line on Friday, Oct. 30th and Saturday, Oct. 31st

 We Appreciate Your Help making this year a continued success, even amidst COVID 19

Notice: Considering the many in our community who do not have access to the online services, we wish to have a small live and silent auction (50 people at a time) at EPAC. Our plan is to have the doors open 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, for people to bid on quilts, new furniture and silent auction items. We would also plan to have our outside auction live on Saturday morning. Watch for ads and more information closer to sale dates!

Due to limitations this year, we cannot host the beef brisket dinner
and will not be accepting small used household items.

Quilts for the On-line Auction: Quilts, wall hangings, and mats are still the centerpiece of our auction. As a token of our gratitude, we are able to offer reimbursement for the cost of the materials used in these projects. Please provide receipts
for reimbursement. Quilts can be dropped off at our administration office, 118 Barnswallow Drive, Elmira, N3B 2Y9. You may also drop them off at Elmer & Mary Brubacher’s home – Phone 519-638-3724, Elmer’s cell: 519-575-8356 or
Mary’s cell: 519-501-3232. Please attach information to the quilt regarding quilt details, your name and contact information.

 Products for the On-line Auction: One way to offer your support is to donate a product that you manufacture, or items that you sell, or perhaps a gift certificate for services that you offer in your business. If an individual wishes to donate
a new product they purchased, we can issue you a charitable tax receipt for the value. Please bring in the receipt with the product. As always, we would welcome a monetary donation in lieu of a product or service.

 Furniture for the On-line Auction: Donations of new furniture items, or any wood craft, would be appreciated.

A monetary donation towards our operating expenses would be gratefully accepted:
If you are able to support us, please make your cheque payable to: Elmira District Community Living. (Please write ‘for auction’ in the memo section) A charitable income tax receipt will be provided for monetary donations as per the Canada Revenue Agency Regulations.

On behalf of the individuals we support, and their families, Elmira District Community Living would like to thank the community for their on-going support. This generosity allows us to provide supports and services that are not provided through government funding to individuals who have intellectual disabilities in the Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley & Mapleton.

If you are able to support us, please contact Wendy at our administration office              (519) 669-3205 x 228.

As this year is an on-line event, we require donated items
by Friday, Oct 9th
so they can be listed in time for the on-line auction sale.

Thanks again for your continued help.

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Thank You to our valued Quilt Auction supporters….

We would like to thank everyone who supported us at the 2019 Elmira Charity Quilt Auction. Thanks to the local businesses who donated money or products for the silent and live auction, the furniture makers who provided wood products to be auctioned off, the people and local businesses who provided baked goods and produce for the bake table, kitchen and Beef Brisket Dinner, the ladies who spent countless hours creating quilts, wall hangings, throws and rugs. Without you, there wouldn’t be an Auction sale.

The proceeds from the event raised $100,000 to help cover supports and services not covered by government funding.

A special Thank You goes out to the following….

  • To the members of Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative (EPAC) for the gracious use of your building and grounds for the auction. Thank you so much!
  • To the members of the Auction Sale committee who volunteer their valuable time and energy throughout the year, ensuring that our auction is a success year after year.
  • To the 100+ volunteers who helped out in any way throughout the year.


Charity Quilt Raffle winners in 2019:

1st Prize – Midnight in Somerset, Queen Size Quilt – Suzanne Rolko, Listowel, ON

2nd Prize – Wall Hanging – Sharon Lessard, Kingston ON

3rd Prize – Carpet Strip – Tom Gardner, Keswick ON

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