AUCTIONEER FRED WALZ encourages bidders to dig deep for some tasty pies during the Slice For Life Pie Auction at St. Luke’s Church Tuesday. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Pie auction a tasty fundraiser

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
Dozens of people turned out at St. Luke’s Church in Clearwater Tuesday evening to help raise money for a good cause.
It was the fifth annual Thanksgiving Slice for Life Pie Auction, benefitting the St. Cloud Area Pregnancy Resource Centers.
The resource center serves about 750 clients a year, offering pregnancy testing, STD testing and women’s health services.
Tuesday, attendees at the pie auction had an opportunity to bid on over 75 pies that were baked and donated by area residents. Another 20 pies were served to the bidders with coffee.
Auctioneer Fred Walz kept the action moving along, playfully urging the bidders to dig deep into their pockets for that special holiday pie.
The action started off on a high note, with an apple pie selling for over $100. 
There was also a best pie contest, with the winner receiving a traveling trophy. Tuesday’s winner was Connie O’Konek for her Sea Salt Caramel Choco-late Pecan Pie.
Jane Ergen took second place for her Fresh Rasp-berry Cream Cheese Pie and O’Konek was third for her Praline Pumpkin Pie.
Area business also donated prizes and gift certificates worth hundreds of dollars for a raffle to help the cause. They included: Keith’s Kettle, Clearwater Travel Plaza, McDonald’s Meats, T&R Meats, Snap Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Old Country Buffet, Sammy’s Pizza, House of Pizza, In Hot Water Coffee & Tea House, Clear Lake Amoco, Lundeen Brothers, Plaza Park Bank, Beauty College in St. Cloud and Earthly Treasures Home Baked Breads.


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