LEBANON – The 44th annual Brethren Disaster Relief Auction held at the Lebanon Expo and Fairgrounds on September 24th and 25th concluded with an estimated preliminary total of $491,213. The Auction, the largest of its type in the world, in cooperation with the Atlantic, Northeast, and Southern Districts of the Church of the Brethren, began in 1977 and has provided disaster relief to victims of natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world. Funds raised by the Auction not only pay for emergency supplies for disaster victims, but also support volunteer disaster relief trips throughout the year. In the past few years, funds and volunteers from the Auction have helped immediate relief efforts and long-term clean up from earthquakes in Haiti to floods in Louisiana and Colorado.