ROCKLAND, Maine — The largest yearly donation to date from the seventh annual Pies on Parade pie tour was presented this week to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program.
This year’s event raised $10,250 for the shelter, which brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to more than $40,000 from the Pies on Parade’s seven-year tenure.
This year, 475 tickets were sold, 55 varieties of pies were baked, and an estimated 10,200 pieces of pie were consumed by attendees. This represents the largest donation, the most tickets sold, and the most slices of pie served at the event over its seven years. This year 22 inns, restaurants and businesses donated more than 600 hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the food pantry.
“Each year we hope to exceed our goal to raise funds for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, while also generating some wonderful community spirit with the Pies on Parade event,” said Cheryl Michaelsen, co-owner of the Berry Manor Inn and Historic Inns of Rockland member. “We are delighted that people from throughout New England joined us in this worthwhile cause to help us exceed our record for ticket sales.”