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Announcing a NEW Auction Location

After years of steady growth for the prison ministry benefit auction, the Support for Prison Ministry Board is glad to announce plans to re-locate this year’s auction to the EPHRATA BUSINESS CENTER, 400 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA.

This spacious facility has a large auditorium for the main auction, a room for expanded food services, and space for extra auctioneers as needed — all inside a comfortable setting.


Our 30th Annual Benefit Auction was held October 25 & 26, 2013

In 2013, our 30th annual benefit auction was held on October 25 and 26, 2013 at the Farmersville Auction Grounds. Collector items, beautiful quilts and wall hangings, toys, valuable gift certificates, great food, framed artwork, 3-D picture, hardware, tools and many more items were sold.

The auction goal was $100,000. We exceeded all expectations and had net receipts (after expenses) of $115,240 to be shared with 6 prison chaplain ministries and aftercare programs. At about 8 PM, during the Friday evening auction, Director Nelson Martin “interrupted” the selling to announce that everyone there was part of a history making event. The $2 million mark had just been passed since the auction began in a small way in 1983. There was time for clapping and giving of thanks.

Items sold at 2013 auction

Share a Meal - This is an Opportunity to Buy Tasty Meals Made And Served
in Area Homes
3D picture of a Hinkletown area farm scene 37" x 24" by Artist Lorraine Reiff was sold around 12 noon on Saturday
Grilled Chicken sunset dinner on the beach at Pensacola, Florida
Hosted by David and Debbie Landis and Don and Phyllis Metzler, President and Vice President of We Care Program 6 – 8 guests, Valid Nov. 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014
Deer in Snow John Deere B at the Farm
Massey Harris John Deere Waterloo
Ford Jubilee Tractor Ford Jubilee Tractor with live PTO
Pedal Tractor - John Deere 7600 Ford with trailer
John Deere 8520 John Deere 7020
Case IH Magnum Pedal Tractor - AGCO Model DT 275
Allis Chalmers Pedal Tractor – signed by Joseph L. Ertl, Allis Chalmers C – custom purple color ERTL Collectible John Deere
ERTL Collectible John Deere-420 Wooden Footballs Made by Inmates
Jewelry Box Log Cabin Made By Inmates
Quilted by friends of We Care Program in Franklin County, PA
Tall Mast Wooden Ship made by a prison inmate "Belmont Bridge near Paradise" by Artist Erma Wenger
“Spring Cleaning” By Dave Barnhouse 159/1950 “Favorite Gift” By Jim Daly 714/2500 Unframed
A variety of theme baskets will be sold Friday night and Saturday. “Marginal Meadow” By Robert Bateman 769/950
“Hard Pull to Orway” By Ted Blaylock “Toadally Captivated” By Amy Brackenbury
“Passing Time” By Dave Barnhouse 1013/1950 Unframed “Downtown Lancaster” By Lisa Madenspacher 363/495
“King Charles" "Christmas at the Conestoga House” By T.F. Hermansader 143/495
“The Hanson Buck” By Ron Van Gilder 2705/9500 Unframed “Housesitting” By Persis Clayton Weirs 204/1200 Unframed
"Potato Diggers" “Something to Crow About” By Don Patterson 351/600 Unframed
Original Oil Painting by inmate Charles Campbell Framed Picture “Reamstown Area Covered Bridge” painted by local artist John Showalter
By Julia Swartz By Julia Swartz
Puzzles by Clair Hollinger Rag Throw
Wooden bowl by Samuel Martin Wooden bowls by Samuel Martin
Pots by de Perrot
Run In Shed, 10 x 12 “Broil-Mate Stainless Steel Gas Grill with Side Burner
166 New Holland First Propelled Baler. Handcrafted by Virgil Handrich of Sarasota Florida. Very detailed. Only 40 made. Virgil was a friend of Ed Nolt, the inventor of the baler. Wincross collectors truck – Make-a-Wish 1999 Convoy Truck with sponsor signatures
Couple's delight 1 night package at the Hurst House Bed & Breakfast in Farmersville Green Way Pergola, White, 12 x 12
“Broil-Mate Stainless Steel Gas Grill with Side Burner EFCO MT 3500 14" Power Self-Sharpening
Troy Bilt Pony Tiller Chest Freezer 15 Cubic Feet
Fine Furniture Handcrafted Wooden Marble Game

Donated Services Sold at the Auction

Gingrich Builders
20 Hours of Carpenter's Service. Your Project - Reparirs or New Construction (Within 50 Miles.)

Hackman Paving
1,000 Square Foot Asphalt Driveway. Will Fine Grade and Compact on Your Base Surface (Within 50 Miles)

Larry Fox Builders
Carpenter or Remolding Services. Up to 20 Hours (Within 50 Miles)

Integrity Lawn and Landscaping Services
One full year (4 lawn treatments) 20,000 sq. ft. lawn, ( Within 25 mile radius of Ephrata )

Valuable Gift Certificates were sold at silent auction tables and throughout the auction...including Bird-in-Hand Restaurant, Ebersole's Vacuum Cleaners, Royer's Pharmacy, Roxanne's Flowers and Steffy's Garage. Plus more from area restaurants, auto mechanics, haircuts, grocery and hardware stores, flowers and gifts.

Click map for interactive directions.Farmersville Auction is located in the village of Farmersville, midway between Ephrata & New Holland.
33 N. Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

Click here for an interactive map and directions.

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Support For Prison Ministries
P.O. Box 134
Lititz, PA  17543-0134
(717) 625-0232


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