Auction To Support South Sudan Projects



Event Organized By Area Native


A local auction is being planned for next month to assist people in South Sudan.

“Hometown Hope:  Lexington’s Lenten Auction for the People of Tonj, South Sudan” will be held in the parish hall of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church on Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Susan Virginia Mead, a Lexington native, is president of Diversity Serves, the nonprofit organization facilitating projects to benefit people from South Sudan.

“This time last year I was in South Sudan, meeting and working with the very people that this auction will benefit,” she said this week. “I can think of no better place than my hometown to renew hope in human connectedness, the best gift we can offer the newest nation in the world.” 

The evening’s live and silent auctions will feature Lexington/Rockbridge art and memorabilia that Mead has collected over three decades, items of “international intrigue” she has obtained throughout her travels, as well as Appalachian artifacts she has gathered as a sociology professor at Ferrum College.

Mead says there will also be new and gently used children’s gifts and toys, “high end” housewares (new and antique), as well as books for all ages, some signed by their authors. Refreshments will be served.

“I want this to be a community event like I remember from my childhood, where people come together for fun and a good cause.”

For more information, contact Mead at or MJ Mayerchak at or 463-9457.

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