Innkeepers, restaurant owners, volunteers, and business members who participated in the 15th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Weekend presented a check to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program Feb. 5 for $35,000. The amount — a record in the event's history — represents all ticket sales, silent auction, raffle sales, cash donations and Camden Scavenger Hunt proceeds from the annual pie tour. This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to more than $221,000 from Pies on Parade’s 15-year tenure.

A record number of people attended the 15th Annual Pie Tour, and all 700 tickets were sold prior to the event. More than 50 varieties of pies were baked and an estimated 15,000 pieces of pie were consumed by tour-goers.

More than 100 lodging properties, restaurants and businesses from Rockland and Camden collectively donated more than 1,000 hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the food pantry once again this year. In addition to pies, many businesses donated gift certificates, gifts, artworks, overnight stays and other items to the silent auction and Camden scavenger/trivia hunt, raising more than $5,600 toward the total donation. Maritime Energy matched the $2,500 raised from cash donations dropped into the oil can-collection jars and the special events during the pie tour.

Several other businesses offered cash support and services, and more than 50 AIO volunteers helped out on Pie Day, too.

Next year's event, for which tickets are already available, will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.