Historic Inns of Rockland donate $15K to food pantry

Feb 07, 2013
Courtesy of: PJ Walter Participating business representatives from the 9th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour gathered at the Granite Inn to present a check for $15,235 to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program.  Included in photo, from left, Frank Isganitis (Limerock Inn), Linda Pieper (AIO food bank), Kathy Beck (AIO food bank), Ellen Barnes (Captain Lindsey House), Ken Barnes (Captain Lindsey House), Cheryl Michaelsen (Berry Manor Inn), Edwin Hantz (Granite Inn), PJ Walter (LimeRock Inn), Michael O’Niel (Bartlett Woods)

Rockland — Innkeepers, restaurants and business members who participated in the 9th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour presented a check to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program for $15,235 representing all ticket sales, silent auction and raffle proceeds from the event.

This donation represents enough to serve 35,000 meals to hungry Maine families during the coming year. This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to nearly $63,000 from the Pies on Parade’s nine-year tenure.

In its ninth year, the Rockland Pie Tour sold out all 500 tickets prior to the event, indicating the pie-pension among those visiting Rockland on a chilly winter Sunday warmed by a warm piece of pie. More than 50 varieties of pies were baked and an estimated 12,000 pieces of pie were consumed by pie-eyed tour goers. Nineteen inns, restaurants and businesses donated more 600 hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the food pantry this year. Additionally, nearly Rockland 30 businesses donated gift certificates, goods and services to the first-ever silent auction and raffle.

“Each year we aim to exceed the previous year’s donation to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, while celebrating National Pie Day with the Pies on Parade event. We’re happy to say that once again one hundred percent of the ticket sales, Silent Auction and raffle proceeds were donated to help Midcoast families in need,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, co-owner of the Berry Manor Inn and Historic Inns of Rockland member, in a news release.

“In all nearly 50 businesses contributed to the 9th Annual Pies on Parade event, giving testimony to the community spirit embraced by Rockland businesses to help those in need,” said Edwin Hantz, co-owner of the Granite Inn.

“With fuel and food costs at an all-time high, we’re happy that pies will once again translate to nourishment and warmth for the area’s needy families,” added Historic Inns of Rockland member and co-owner of the LimeRock Inn, PJ Walter.

The 10th Annual Pies on Parade event promises to be an even larger extravaganza of pie and community spirit. Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, tickets will go on sale the Friday after Thanksgiving.

For more information, visit HistoricInnsofRockland.com.

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