By Clinton Martin
It would be hard to decide between Mud Sales and Benefit Auctions as to which is the largest social gathering event of the Amish and English (non-Amish.) The Amish and English interact with each commonly in Lancaster County, but where they really rub elbows is at these types of events. In June, the annual Clinic for Special Children Benefit Auction is a major event for the community. Both Amish and English will be there to bid on good, country-auction, wares. And, then there’s the food!
The Clinic For Special Children is a non-profit, independent medical facility specifically focused on treating members of the community with complex genetic disorders. Dr. Morton and his wife Caroline partnered with the local Amish and Mennonite communities and founded the non-profit Clinic for Special Children in 1989. In 1990, the original post-and-beam style building was raised largely by volunteers from the Plain communities. In 2000, an expansion was added to the original building, adding more office and exam room space. After many years of distinguished service, Dr. and Mrs. Morton departed the organization in 2016.
The Plain Community is very active in supporting the facility financially, but the annual benefit auction is a major source of the Clinic’s annual budget. Everyone, whether “Plain Dutch” or “Fancy Dutch” is welcome to attend the auction.
It is hard to decide what draws people more – the food or the merchandise. The auction day on June 18, offers plenty of both: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. The auction begins at 8:30 a.m. Clinic Staff will make announcements about the practice and the event around 11:00 a.m. and the famous quilt auction starts at approximately noon.
Besides the quilt auction, carriages and carts, household furniture and items, farm supplies, hardware, tools, outdoor furniture, shrubbery, plants, collectibles, toys, theme baskets, and more will be up for bid.
Delicious food including chicken BBQ, pork sandwiches, a large salad bar, subs, potato dinners, French fries, soft pretzels, donuts made on-site, soft ice cream, fruit pies, cakes, baked goods and more will be available for purchase.
If you happen to be in town on June 18 consider yourself invited to attend this wonderful auction event.
Clinic for Special Children Benefit Auction held at 135 Brethren Church Road, Leola PA 17540