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Trading Graces nets $62,000 for social ministry organizations

When the virtual gavel went down on the Trading Graces online auction, 952 items and services had been sold to the highest bidders. The result was nearly $62,000 for 54 organizations affiliated with Lutheran Services in America, organizer of the event held on eBay Feb. 26-March 8.

At $8,100, a 1992 Ford truck brought in the most money. It was among the items posted by Ken-Crest Centers, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., which ranked as the top earner with sales of $11,227. Twenty organizations sold $1,000 or more of the items donated by supporters. In all, 45 percent of the more than 2,100 items posted sold, including: a 1987 World Series Championship Minnesota Twins baseball bat, $1,000; a VideoEye! Power Magnification Reading Aid, $700; lunch with former Attorney General (and ELCA member) Edwin Meese, $500; a deep-sea fishing trip, $415; a handmade quilt, $320; and a Burlon Craig Pottery pitcher, $122.50.

LSA plans to make the auction an annual event, running Feb. 25-March 7 in 2007. “We hope more Lutherans will partner with LSA member organizations to make the next event an even greater success,” said John Carter, event manager.

For more information on Trading Graces, contact Carter by email or at (410) 230-3548; or get in touch with a local Lutheran social ministry agency.


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