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Annual pie weekend raises thousands for outreach programs

Donations bring total raised around $31,000
Feb 13, 2020
Photo by: PJ Walter Photography Businesses involved in the Pies on Parade Tour gathered at the AIO Food Pantry in Rockland Feb. 4 to deliver a check to the pantry. Included in the presentation were, from left, Ted Weiss, Lori Schafer, Klarita Bicaj, Pat O'Brien, Sharon Gleason, Michael O'Neill, Aaron Prescott, Edwin Hantz, Cheryl Michaelsen, Mitch Kihn, Chris Seavey, Eola Ball, Marty Shaw, PJ Walter, Lisa Weis, and Frank Isganitis.

On Feb 4, 2020, business members and volunteers who participated in the Pies on Parade Weekend presented a check to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program for $30,987, representing ticket sales, a silent auction, raffle sales, donations and Camden Scavenger Hunt proceeds.

This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to more than $250,000 from the Pies on Parade’s sixteen-year tenure.

More than 650 pie-eaters attended the Pie Tour in Rockland and Camden on the January weekend. More than 50 varieties of pies were baked, and an estimated 15,000 pieces of pie were consumed by tour goers.

More than one hundred lodging properties, restaurants and businesses from Rockland and Camden collectively donated over a thousand hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure donations could be made to the food pantry this year.

In addition to pies, many businesses donated gift certificates, artwork, overnight stays and other items to the silent auction and Camden scavenger hunt, raising over $3,800 toward the total donation.

More than 50 AIO Food Panty volunteers were on hand to help on Pie Day too.

“The founding members of the event are passing on the rolling pins to the next group of innkeepers, volunteers and organizers to continue to evolve and grow this critical fundraiser to benefit AIO,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, former owner of the Berry Manor Inn and co-founder of Pies on Parade.

“The numbers of people in need throughout all of the communities within Knox County that have been able to receive meals, fuel/heat assistance and personal care items because of the efforts of the Rockland and Camden businesses is staggering.”

“The community spirit embraced by Midcoast businesses and even some outside of the Midcoast, to help those in need was remarkable this year. The Pie Tour expanded into a weekend-long series of events with the continued growth in the Camden Pie Scavenger Hunt, and it just keeps getting larger and larger,” said Lisa Weiss, co-owner of the Hawthorn Inn in Camden.

Next year’s Pies on Parade is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 31, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pies on Parade 2021 tickets are on sale online at Lodging packages including tickets are also available for the three-day weekend.

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