Paul Gauthier, Tony Martel, Matt Reimer and Heinz Reimer, winners of the 2011 MHV Heritage Classic.

On Wednesday, September 7, Mennonite Heritage Village held its first annual Heritage Classic, Golf Tournament and Hog Roast at the Steinbach Fly In Golf Club. It was a great day and a great event. Our goals were to raise funds for, and awareness of, MHV. While most of the golfers had some prior exposure to our museum, there were about six who had never visited MHV.

The sunny warm weather was perfect for a day on the golf course. We were delighted to have about 75 golfers participate in this Texas Scramble tournament. A number of these golfers brought spouses to the hog-roast dinner which followed in the Mennonite Heritage Village Auditorium. Ron Unruh roasted the hog and the MHV Auxiliary provided the rest of the meal. Both did a great job of providing a top notch meal for golfers and spouses.

After the golf game was over, everyone made their way to the museum. Some golfers spent time in the village, some sat and visited with friends and others started looking over the silent auction prizes and developing their bidding strategy. Trev Schellenberg from Mix 96.7 initiated the festivities by distributing a number of door prizes. By the time the evening was over nearly every golfer had received either a door prize or a silent auction prize. We are grateful to a supportive community for their sponsorship as well as their donations of prizes.

The tournament winners were Paul Gauthier, Tony Martel, Heinz Reimer and Matt Reimer representing HyLife Foods. Each received a Family Pass to MHV for the 2012 season and free registration in next year’s Heritage Classic.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.