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Benefit auction May 9 for Community Health Clinic

On Friday, May 9, at 3 p.m., The Community Health Clinic, in Topeka, will host its second benefit auction. The first auction, held in 2009, raised more than $180,000 for the clinic designed to meet the need for affordable expert medical services that cater to rare diseases common among the Plain Church community.

More than 500 volunteers have been involved in the organization of the fundraiser auction, which will feature a large variety of items, including (partial listing):

A shop building built on site of choice

Storage barns and animal shelters

Buggies, wagons and trailers

Farm equipment, including a hay wagon, bale elevator and neck yokes

Shop tools and hand tools, including generator, pressure washers and air compressor

Horse harnesses, buggy robes and halters

Bicycles for men, women and tandem riders

A 40” black-and-white pony

Lawn and garden furniture and supplies, including patio gliders, swing set, campfire grill and lawnmowers

Approximately 60 quilts, wall hangings, comforters and baby blankets

Household furniture, including bedroom suites, dining room tables, recliners and Amish church benches

Maytag washers, popcorn poppers, antique wood stove and antique kitchen range

Stud services for Dutch Harness, Standardbread, Belgians, Morgans, Crossbreds and others

Trees, shrubs and flowers

Fresh and frozen meats

Gift certificates for meals, events, overhead door, camping and more

A large crowd is expected.

In addition to the auction, there will be free pony rides, train rides and a play area for the kids. Food options include a haystack supper, grilled chicken, pork burgers, sandwiches, kettle corn, pies and ice cream, and a bake sale.

The auction will be held at the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market in the Antique Building

More than 500 volunteers, in addition to its staff and board of directors, have come together to organize the second fundraising auction to benefit the Community Health Clinic (CHC) in Topeka, Ind. The auction will be held Friday, May 9, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. in the Antique Building at Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market, 345 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, Ind. The building is located 1.25 miles north of US 20 on State Road 5.

A large variety of items will be available for auction. Highlights include a shop building built on purchaser’s site of choice, storage barns, buggies, wagons, trailers, farm equipment, shop and hand tools, bicycles, a pony, lawn and garden furniture, lawnmowers, approximately 60 quilts and other blankets, bedroom suites and other household furniture, household appliances, stud services, trees and flowers, fresh and frozen meats, and gift certificates for meals, events, overhead door, camping and more.

In addition to the auction, there will be free pony rides, train rides and a play area for the kids. Food options include a haystack supper, grilled chicken, pork burgers, sandwiches, kettle corn, pies and ice cream, and a bake sale.

The first auction, held in 2009, raised more than $180,000 for the clinic and was used to recruit and retain a talented and highly specialized physician and staff, purchase equipment and establish a location for the clinic. The 2014 auction will allow the clinic staff to continue to provide reduced-cost, specialized medical care to the patients it serves.

“It is truly inspirational to see a community continue to work together to support a very specialized service that would otherwise be a hardship for families who need it,” says Jared Beasley, CHC’s clinical operations director. “Often, these services are not available outside of major metropolitan areas. The opportunity to seek expert genetics treatment at a reasonable cost right here in northeast Indiana improves the quality of life of many patients.”

The clinic’s mission is to “provide excellent and affordable medical care consistent with the needs of the Amish, Mennonite and other rural northern Indiana communities, with a focus on individuals and families with special health care needs.” The clinic opened last fall and currently serves more than 100 children and adults.

The clinic staff is committed to being a good steward of the health care dollars available to it and seeks to provide care in a way that reflects the values of the Plain Church community. Proceeds from the auction – in addition to proceeds from the clinic’s annual Dutch Dinner fundraiser, grants, private donations and revenue from patient visits – allow the staff to provide reduced-cost, well-rounded, high-quality medical care and support services for patients with genetic disorders. It also provides a new opportunity for patients to participate in research that ultimately is expected to improve treatment and outcomes for this patient population.

A current list of items available for auction may be found on the following pages or on the CHC website, IndianaCHC.org. Auction-item donations are still being accepted.

For more information about the auction or donating items, contact any of the committee members:

  • Adam Yoder: (260) 768-4330
  • Lyle Hochstetler: (574) 238-7020
  • James Lambright: (260) 761-4107 ext 1

The Community Health Clinic is open daily. It is led by Zineb Ammous, MD, a physician trained in diagnosing and treating genetic diseases. For more information about or to schedule an appointment at the Community Health Clinic, go to www.IndianaCHC.org or call the clinic at (260) 593-0108