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Pie in the Park raises $40K for community center

Tayen Munger, 7, devours the pie in front of her during the first round of the pie-eating contest during Pie in the Park, Aug. 21, at Village Green Park. Tayen was the winner of the first round. - Kipp Robertson/ Staff photo
Tayen Munger, 7, devours the pie in front of her during the first round of the pie-eating contest during Pie in the Park, Aug. 21, at Village Green Park. Tayen was the winner of the first round.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Staff photo

KINGSTON — The Village Green Foundation came closer its fundraising goal for the community center — and may have set a world record in the process.

Pie in the Park raised just over $40,000 on Aug. 21, according to the foundation. That’s well over the $17,000 raised during the 2013 event.

The money raised boosted the foundation’s total-to-date to $6,339,358, according to foundation executive director Daniel Johnson. The foundation needs to raise about $8.2 million for the Village Green community center.

One pie in particular raised a good chunk of change during the auction. Antoine and Tania Issa purchased a gluten-free peach rhubarb with pecan crumble pie, baked by Renae Chrisman, for $5,000.

Village Green member Bobbie Moore said Chrisman can’t believe her pie sold for as much as it did.

“She’s in a state of shock,” Moore said.

Pending verification by Guinness World Records, the pie purchase by the Issas may have set the record for most money spent on a pie at auction. The auction was videotaped for verification.

The current record for most money spent on a pie at auction was set by Jerry Mumma of Rich Hill, Missouri. Mumma purchased a peanut butter banana pie with a Hammond pretzel crust for $3,100 on July 6, 2012.

Mumma bought the pie at a fundraiser for his community’s Fourth of July celebration, according to a 2012 story by the Los Angeles Times.

The Village Green Foundation is a nonprofit whose role is to design, finance and construct the community center. The foundation will lease land for a 21,000-square-foot community center it will own. The center will include a new Kingston branch library, Boys & Girls Club and a senior center.

 

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