Pies on Parade sets new donation record
Rockland — Today, innkeepers, restaurants and business members who participated in the 10th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour presented a check to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program for $20,675 representing all ticket, auction and raffle proceeds from the event.
This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to $83,515 from the Pies on Parade’s 10-year tenure and sets a record for the largest single-year total raised in any of the 10 pie tours to date. More importantly, this donation translates into 49,620 meals for hungry Midcoast Mainers, which means the donations from Pies on Parade will feed 45 food-challenged people three meals a day for an entire year.
The 2014 Pies On Parade Rockland Pie Tour set records for both ticket sales and pies served. The unprecedented 27 participating businesses, restaurants, inns and 60 AIO Food Pantry volunteers welcomed 608 happy pie eaters who braved the 18-degree January day to consume pie. More than 60 different varieties of pies were offered and a record 14,800 slices of pie were served. All participating businesses donated more 800 hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and fuel assistance program this year (All proceeds from the ticket sales and Silent Auction were donated to the AIO Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program). More than 40 donations from additional businesses throughout Rockland were offered for a silent auction, which took place the night before the Pie Tour at Trackside Station Restaurant in Rockland, helping to boost the donation from this event to the $20,675 mark.
“We are delighted with the records broken for ticket sales and pies served at tenth annual Pie Tour this year,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, co-owner of the Berry Manor Inn and Historic Inns of Rockland member. “The donations offered by all the participating businesses are testimony to the community spirit and generosity of Rockland businesses plus their unselfish willingness to help others in need,” finished Ellen Barnes, co-owner of Captain Lindsey House and Historic Inns of Rockland member. “With fuel and food costs at an all-time high, we’re so happy that pie can once again translate into food and fuel for the area’s needy families,” added Historic Inns of Rockland member and co-owner of the LimeRock Inn, PJ Walter.
Already planning ahead, the 11th Annual Pies on Parade tour will be held Jan. 25, 2015.