I can hardly believe I’m about to type out these words, but last night, we raised nearly $1,000! Finally, we’ll be able to submit our federal paperwork to become a 501c3.
We had a great turn out at last night’s St Pie Tricks Party. Our new musician friend, Dave, who we found on craigslist, kept the crowd happy with familiar tunes from the 60s and 70s. Helpful volunteers from the congregation stamped hands at the door and sold raffle tickets. And Chris and I got to mingle in the crowd and tell our pie story to many new people.
And between tickets at the door, raffle tickets, sales of extra pies, and two very generous donors, we raised almost $1,000.
We put lots of pictures up on instagram – https://instagram.com/pieitforward/
First thing Monday morning, we’re heading to our lawyer’s office! Thank you pie fans, we love you!
We are so excited to announce that we are having a fundraiser party! Here are all the details!
March 14th from 5 to 8 pm
Brighton Unitarian Universalist Church, 3333 S. Old US 23, Brighton Michigan
Here’s the official announcement from the church:
Please join us to celebrate St Pie-tricks Day on March 14 from 5 to 8 pm, at a fundraiser party to benefit Pie It Forward! Shepherds pies, apple pies and soups will be served, and family friendly entertainment will be provided. Funds collected will help Pie It Forward pay for legal services to become a full-fledged non-profit organization with a donation-model cafe in the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti area. Tickets are $5 per person. Additional donations are appreciated. Take-home pies will be raffled.
Please see my personal blog, http://smk-repository.blogspot.com/ for an important personal update. Thank you.
Many thanks to the donors who contributed to the Kosher Pizza Party! The wonderful staff at Jerusalem Pizza in Southfield had NINE pizzas ready for us at 7 pm – 3 “pepperoni” 3 cheese and 3 supreme veggie. They even cut us a deal and knocked off the tax because it was for a charitable cause. The guests at Beth Israel were very appreciative of the pizza, and several people asked me if the pepperoni was really made out of vegetarian products – it tastes just like the real thing!
This is the third year in a row we’ve been able to bring kosher pizzas on Christmas Eve. It’s our favorite tradition. Thank you again to everyone who helped us make this tradition possible. Merry Christmas, pie fans!
Looking for a quick and easy way to get some holiday warm fuzzies? Donate $5 to put towards my annual “Kosher Pizza Christmas Party” at my old synagogue, Beth Israel.
Every year, Beth Israel hosts a group of 25 homeless men during Christmas week, since all the churches are doing Christmas stuff. Unfortunately, Beth Israel is a little short on Christmas cheer – being a synagogue, that makes sense. But for the past two years, I’ve been bringing $100 worth of kosher pizzas all the way from Jerusalem Pizza in Southfield to feed the group. One year we even watched Die Hard, which is totally a Christmas movie. This year, Chris and I will be going back, and we’ll be staying overnight to help drive people to breakfast on Christmas morning.
So once again – need to get some quick and cheap holiday warm fuzzy feelings? Donate $5 towards feeding the homeless a delicious kosher pizza dinner on Christmas Eve. Bags of new socks, gloves, or hand warmers would also be appreciated.
We will be serving up apple pie at CUUB (that’s Community of Unitarian Universalists in Brighton) on Sunday, December 7th, as part of their annual holiday bazaar, the Care and Share Fair, from noon to 2 pm. Suggested donation for a slice of pie is $1. There will also be soup available, as well as fair-trade and local gifts from many different vendors. If you’re looking for some unique holiday shopping and some good eats at the same time, you can’t beat this event!
Here is CUUB’s website – http://www.cuub.org/
Hope to see you there!
Hello pie fans! Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.
1. I’m still working on the pie book. I lost several days when I should have been writing to an absolutely awful encounter with some medication-induced side effects. The good news is that I have stopped taking that particular medicine, and I am ready to get back to writing!
2. I’m writing other stuff! I started a personal blog, so I can talk about things that aren’t strictly pie related without feeling guilty. You can read it here – http://smk-repository.blogspot.com/
3. We have been invited back to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Brighton, Michigan, to serve pie during their annual holiday bazaar, the Care and Share Fair! Date will be announced soon.
4. We are looking ahead to 2015, and we are planning on throwing a fundraiser party on March 14th (aka Pi Day!) so we can finally file our federal 501c3 paperwork and pay our legal team for all the outstanding work they’ve done for us. Further updates as we have them!
Be well pie fans. Hope everyone is finding ways to make the holiday season a little kinder and less stressful.