Amy Achs, AP Erie Correspondent
Saturday was the annual Adam’s Alliance MS Crop held in the Erie High School Gym. Leanne Stortz and her family have created this event to support her brother-in-law, Adam Stortz, who was diagnosed with MS in 2003. His wife, Jessica Stortz, started Adam’s Alliance in his name to raise money to help fund research and find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
To support her brother-in-law, in September 2007, Leanne hosted the first scrapbooking day (a crop) with 18 participants and raised $500.00 at the Cordova Civic Center. The next year, Leanne’s mother-in-law Deb Stortz, invited the Erie United Methodist Church’s Sewing Saturday group she belonged to making it a crafting event that has grown to Saturday’s event that included scrapbooking sewing, diamond painting, card making, jewelry making, and more. By 2018 the event had outgrown the Wesleyan Hall which they had moved to in 2008. In 2019, they moved to its current location at the high school allowing them to double their attendees. COVID has slowed fundraising down by having to cancel the in-person events, but in 2020 they did hold a virtual crop and Leanne and her family surpassed their goal of raising $100,000 overall since their start in 2007.
For this year’s crop, there were 80 participants who paid $40.00 and could start crafting at 8 AM until Midnight with a light breakfast and a catered lunch and dinner included. There were seven vendors for attendees to buy supplies and shop. The vendors donated some door prizes and raffle prizes. They also have massage therapists who donate 10% of their earnings that day to Adam’s Alliance. There was a 50/50 raffle with $140.00 won by Carol Downey and many other raffle items donated by local Erie businesses and people.
The Erie United Methodist Church’s Sewing Saturday ladies made a special quilt in honor of Brenda Dye who was a great supporter of Adam’s Alliance creating over 15 quilts to be donated over the years. Lori Garrard won the memorial quilt named “Log Cabin Americana with a Twist”. There was also a grand prize of two tickets to a future crop event and two nights at the crop hotel valued at $475.00, and the winner was Jenny Little.
Leanne and her family would like to thank the many people who participated, donated raffle items, and volunteered to help set-up and take down all the tables needed by the crafters. The Erie Girl Scouts troop and EHS National Honor Society students helped with the morning set-up, Mr. Winckler’s PE class helped move tables, and the EHS Junior Class After Prom group and many members of the Erie United Methodist Church helped take down the tables at midnight.
Many thanks to the sponsors: Erie Foods International, Miller Real Estate, Todd’s Barbershop, The Pink Pony, Harvest Bakery and More, Gibson Bode Funeral Home, McWilliams Flooring, Stichter Construction, Rutledge Electric, Zaagman Plumbing, Paul D Young Farms, Blooms 2, Erie State Bank, Country Financial-Sara Reed, Haning Law, D&M Embroidery, and Hammer Construction.
The 2021 Adam’s Alliance Crop was super successful and over $4,500 was raised making their overall total raised over 14 years an amazing $110,000 in Adam Stortz’s name for Multiple Sclerosis research. There will be another crop held March 3-6, 2022 in Rock Island, IL. Contact Leanne Stortz or check out their Facebook Page for more information.