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Pies on Parade raises more than $25,000 for food pantry

ROCKLAND — Innkeepers, restaurant owners and business members who participated in the 14th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour presented a check Feb. 5 to the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program for $25,870.18, representing all ticket sales, silent auction cash donations and Camden Scavenger/Trivia Hunt proceeds from the annual pie tour. This brings the total donations for AIO’s food and fuel assistance programs to more than $185,923 from Pies on Parade’s 14-year tenure.

As is past years, the Rockland Pie Tour sold out all 650 tickets prior to the event. More than 55 varieties of pies were baked, and an estimated 14,000 pieces of pie were consumed by tour-goers. Seventy-five lodging properties, restaurants and businesses from Rockland and Camden collectively donated more than 800 hours of time and thousands of dollars in products and services to ensure a sizable donation could be made to the food pantry again this year.

In addition to pie-making, many donated gift certificates, gifts, artworks, overnight stays and other items to the silent auction and Camden scavenger/trivia hunt, raising well over $2,000 toward the total donation. Maritime Energy matched the $2,000 raised from cash donations dropped into the oil can-collection jars and the special events during the pie tour. More than 50 AIO Food Panty volunteers were on hand to help on Pie Day, too.

Photo Courtesy of: PJ Walter/PJ Walter Photography: Businesses involved in the 14th Annual Pies on Parade Tour gathered at the Granite Inn in Rockland Monday, Feb. 5, to deliver a check to the AIO Food Pantry. Included in the check presentation were, from left, PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis (LimeRock Inn), Marty Shaw (AIO), Ted and Lisa Weiss (Hawthorn Inn), John Colombo and Liz Jenkins (AIO), Don Johnson (Friends of Maine Seabird Islands), Linda Pieper (AIO), Tim Matero (Maritime Energy), Gary Born (Elms of Camden), Addilyn Gillespie, Kaitlyn Bressette (Rotary Pizza), Chris Seavey (Maritime Energy), Edwin Hantz (Granite Inn), Zach Gillespie (Rotary Pizza), Katja Hawlitschka (Towne Motel) and Cheryl Michaelsen (Berry Manor Inn).