Letter: Thanks to all who keep mushroom sale going

To the editor:

We want to thank the Brown County IGA for their support to the Howard Hughes Memorial Mushroom Sale on the parking lot of the IGA on May 27 and 28.

The sale could not be done without this community partner who gives us a location for the sale, cooler space and even access to the one of the check-out lanes for weighing the mushrooms.

We finished selling by 2:30 p.m. Saturday, having sold 234 pounds of mushrooms. We anticipate sharing more than $5,000 in profits with 37 different charities who earned credit either by working at the event or having their charity designated by buyers. Checks will be distributed at the Brown County Community Foundation at 4:30 p.m. July 7.

Representatives from the Brown County Playhouse, humane society, YMCA, Backpack Program, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Access, farmers market, St. Vincent de Paul, Indiana Naloxone Project, Tri Kappa, Habitat for Humanity, St. Agnes Youth, Boy Scout Troop 190, Healthy Brown County and Silver Linings served as members of the sales teams.

Buyers were from San Francisco, Michigan, Kansas City, Tipp City and Columbus, Ohio, Chicago and many Indiana communities, e.g. Muncie, Seymour, Evansville, Plainfield, Franklin, Indianapolis and Bloomington, as well as Brown County, Columbus and other surrounding communities. One lady, with great excitement, reported that she was buying, processing and freezing 3 pounds and shipping them overnight to her jockey son for his birthday in Florida.

The Boy Scouts set up the tent and youth and adult leaders from St. Agnes constructed a second Mortimer (our mascot mushroom) to help promote the sale.

The Brown County Community Foundation Inc. provides support by maintaining the account, helping with record keeping, promoting the sale and maintaining the legacy of Howard Hughes who started this sale in 1998. Bob Kirlin, who took over the sale after Howard Hughes’ death in 2011, also mentored and guided us once again.

Significant support is provided by Kevin Doyle, Forest Mushrooms Inc., from St. Joseph, Minnesota, who locates the mushrooms, delivers them to us, and provides us with valuable tips and guidance along the way. Kevin and his company have provided this support to this Brown County fundraiser for more than a decade.

Thank you to all who contributed in any way.

Kim Robinson, CEO, YMCA, and Shirley Boardman, trustee, Brown County Community Foundation


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