YMCA holds fundraiser
How much would you spend to prevent a pie in the eye?
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
Clint Demarce of the Ministry of Social Services is pied by volunteers on Thursday as a part of the 10th Annual Pie In The Eye fundraiser.
On Thursday, the Moose Jaw YMCA hoped there was a lot of Moose Javians who were allergic to pie. That's because it was the YMCA's 10th Annual "Pie in the Eye" event.
12 teams of volunteers were delivering pies to businesses and schools across the community. Donors paid $5 to pie a friend. If that friend didn't want to get pied the person needed to pay the same amount as the previous person.
"Some people have antied it up to $20 and are hoping that they won't get pied, so the next person would have to match that $20," said Corinne Damaskie, of the YMCA.
One business-person who followed that spirit of generosity was Charles Vanden Broek, owner of Murray GM — who passed the pledge on to Scott Evans of Moose Jaw Ford.
"It's for the kids," anything we can do to get kids involved in sports is a good thing," said Vanden Broek. "Kids are our future."
This years goal was to raise $8,000 for the YMCA's Strong Kids campaign— more than the average of $5,000 to $7,000, that is normally raised.
"It could mean a low income family accesses our camp for the summer. It could mean a youth that's having trouble within the community gets membership," said Damaskie. "It could mean a family is accessing some of our programs at the family centre for free."
Damazkie told the Times-Herald the "Pie In The Eye"campaign is popular and successful because it brings YMCA staff face-to-face with the community to share about the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.