Silent Auction Lets You Take Flight or Take a Snooze

Just a sampling of items available at the MHCO Silent Auction.

As part of Bluffton’s Fall Festival, the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) Service Group is holding its annual Silent Auction from September 17 through noon on September 22.  All items are displayed in the Mennonite Memorial Home Lobby, 410 W. Elm Street, Bluffton.

According to Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator, items range from a 30-minute airplane flight with pilot Bill Suter, to a king size oak pencil bed.  Items donated by area individuals include:

  • Basket of home canned goods
  • Wooden hall tree
  • Load of firewood
  • Homemade rancher logs for children
  • Various wooden bowls
  • MHCO toy wooden truck
  • BMW toy car
  • Handmade quilt
  • Handmade jewelry box (Walnut Creek)
  • Landscape by Gunderson
  • Handmade purse
  • Child’s chalkboard mats
  • Yard art horseshoe flower
  • Yard art horseshoe dog
  • Valesquez painting of Riley Creek Waterfall
  • Still Life oil painting by Prodomo
  • Glass tea set and tea
  • Two cloth wall hangings
  • Stationery and envelope set

Area businesses have donated the following items:

  • Coffee mug and oil change (2) – Tommy Tire
  • Four-pc. wrench and screwdriver set – True Value Hardware
  • Box of chocolates and T-shirt – Northwest Physical Therapy
  • Cooler with game night supplies – PromoHits
  • Gift Basket – The Dough Hook
  • Gift card and four movie passes – Shirley’s Popcorn
  • Collectible Super Bowl football – Wilson’s, Ada
  • One-hour massage – Natural Healing
  • Longaberger basket set and picnic basket – Etcetera Shop
  • Maple leaf gourd with light – Brauen’s Gourds
  • Vase with silk flowers – Town & Country Flowers
  • Gift Card – Twisted Whisk Café
  • Kenra Hair Products – Curling Iron
  • Tea set with pottery jar – The Food Store
  • Gift Cards – Bluffton Bowling Alley
  • Basket of books – Book Reviews
  • Gift Card- Polished
  • Staple Gun – Vetter Lumber
  • Pirates Blanket – Score Board
  • One month Family Membership – BFR
  • Child’s wooden rocking chair – The Granary
  • Canvas bag with design – The Black Lab

Proceeds from the Silent Auction will enhance the quality of life of more than 350 elders residing at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio nursing homes, assisted living and independent living facilities.  The Service Group has been providing volunteer and financial support to MHCO for more than 60 years. To view individual items, visit the MHCO Facebook page at For more information on the auction, contact Strahm at 419-358-1015, ext. 48.