The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of local Relay for Life supporters who showed up to bid on their favorite celebrity’s pie.
The Celebrity Pie Auction, hosted by the Oldies but Goodies Relay for Life Team, which is sponsored by the Highland News Leader, was scheduled to be held at the Peanut Butter and Jam Festival on Friday, June 19). Unfortunately, the rains came — and came —and the PB&J was canceled.
A few quick phone calls were made, and the auction was moved to the Weinheimer Community Building. Due to the late change along with the weather, the crowd was small in size, but not in spirit.
Highland celebrities who have consented to bake a pie for the auction are: Curt Libbra, managing editor of the Highland News Leader, rhubarb pie; Howard Held of the Highland Chamber of Commerce, mixed cherry pie; Bruce Bellm of the Highland Country Club, strawberry pie; Jay Boulanger of Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Homes, blackberry pie; Pastor Will VerDuin of Evangelical United Church of Christ, “The Life of Pi(e)”; Carla Riva of Highland Health Care, peach pie; Highland Chief of Police Terry Bell, cherry pie; Highland City Councilman Neill Nicolaides, lemon meringue pie; Highland City Manager Mark Latham, apple slab pie;Highland Superintendent of Schools Mike Sutton, pecan pie.
Mayor Joe Michaelis had planned to bake his famous blackberry pie, but due to health reasons, he was unable to participate.
Auctioneer Virgil Straeter did the honors with the bidding becoming fast and furious raising $3,425 in approximately 30 minutes. An additional donation was received from a bidder, who was not successful in buying a pie, bringing the grand total to $3,525. Not bad for a rainy day.
According to Oldies but Goodies Relay Team captain Paula Redman, whose team hosted the auction, this was another record breaking year despite the weather noting that, “It just gets bigger each year!”
A special thanks goes to all those baking pies, to Straeter for serving as auctioneer, to Kevin Heim for providing music and sound equipment, and especially to all those who came out in the rain to bid on these delicious pies.
All proceeds will benefit Highland’s 2015 Relay for Life, which will be held July 10-11 at Glik Park.