The Highland Square was packed June 16 with Relay for Life friends and supporters who came out for the “Paint the Town Purple” at the Peanut Butter & Jam Festival.
The Celebrity Pie Auction, hosted by the Oldies but Goodies Relay for Life team, has become an annual event to benefit Highland’s Relay for Life, which will be held Saturday, June 24 at Glik Park.
Auctioneer Virgil Straeter took the bids, which were flying fast and furious. At the end of the 30-minute auction, $4,640 had been raised. Another generous donation of $260 brought the grand total total to $4,900.
According to Paula Redman of the Oldies but Goodies Relay for Life Team, this was another record-breaking year.
“It just gets bigger and better each year, thanks to the generosity and support of the everyone,” Redman said.
Celebrity bakers participating included City Manager Mark Latham, who baked a Disney caramel apple pie; Curt Libbra of the Highland News Leader, rhubarb pie; Pastor Will VerDuin from the Evangelical United Church of Christ, “Stompin’ Chomp” apple/rhubarb pie; Jay Boulanger of Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, “Very Berry” pie; Highland Police Cheif Terry Bell, cherry pie; Howard Held of Scheffel-Boyle and Highland Chamber of Commerce, cherry pie; Bruce Bellm of Highland Country Club, strawberry pie; Highland Schools Superintendent Mike Sutton, pecan pie; and Mayor Joe Michaelis, blackberry pie. In addition, and not previously publicized, there was a “mystery baker,” who a lemon meringue pie to add to the festivities.
The Oldies but Goodies wanted to send a special thanks goes to all those who baked pies, to Straeter for serving as auctioneer, to Kevin Heim for providing music and sound equipment, and especially to all those who donated and came out to bid.
“The participation and generosity of the Highland community in supporting this event for the fight against cancer is awesome,” Redman said.