Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The 222nd recorded Annual Conference at a glance.

Location: Richmond, Va., at the Richmond Coliseum and the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Leadership: Moderator James Beckwith, assisted by moderator-elect David Shumate and Annual Conference secretary Fred Swartz.

Attendance: A total of 6,184 people registered, including 864 delegates.

Blood Drive: Collected 247 units, from 275 presenters. In a special note, 38 of the 44 presenters on the first day were first- time blood donors.

Food Drive: Sponsored by the 300th Anniversary Committee, the drive received donations of 3,655 pounds of food and $613. Donations go to the Central Virginia Food Bank.

Service Blitz: Brethren gave 925 hours of service to the community of Richmond. Volunteers worked at the Food Bank, assisted with the Blood Drive, processed school and hygiene kits for disaster relief, and assisted with clean-up projects in three neighborhoods.

Quilt Auction: Sponsored by the Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren, the auction raised $19,200 for hunger.

Brethren Benefit Trust 5K Fitness Challenge: Ben Bear took first place overall for a male runner, with a time of 19:10. Melani Hom came in first place overall for a female runner, with a time of 20:29. Don Shankster was the winning walker, with a time of 31:24. Bev Anspaugh took first place overall for a female walker, with a time of 34:08.

Source: 7/16/2008

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