Thursday, 06 March 2014 06:55

Using pies and pancakes Scandia raises over $7,000 for hall

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All Dawn Van Hal of the Scandia Community Hall board wanted to do was to have more people come to the Scandia Pancake Supper and Pie Auction.

The March 4 event was to raise money for the hall and promote some fellowship and good will.
Mission (really) accomplished.
The sale of tickets for a promise of pancakes and an auction of a grand total of 12 pies raised an incredible $7,025.
“We ran out of food,” said Van Hal the following morning. She had to go home and get more meat to accompany the pancakes. “It was an awesome night ...”
The Tuesday event was supposed to start at 5:30 p.m. and Van Hall says 80-90 people had eaten and were ready to open their wallets and start bidding shortly after 6 p.m.
Van Hal talked to a handful of people.The impression she got was the evening’s success was due to the added features including the bidding of throwing cream pies in the faces of nearby Alcoma School Principal Dana Kohlman and teacher Kit Irwin. There was also the popular pie competition of Scandia resident Mary Chomistek and Q105.7 Brooks radio personality Steve Bohan.
That competition alone of Chomistek’s area-famous lemon meringues and Bohan’s saskatoon pies brought in huge money. Warren Johnson purchased one of the two Chomistek pies for $1,300 while Max and Corinne Tateson bought the other for $575. The Bohan pie was purchased by Bow Slope Shipping in Rainier for $700.
Other pies were going for anywhere from $200-$600.
Because they were so busy, they didn’t even have time to count all of those who packed the hall but Can Hal believes they, at the absolute least, more than doubled the 70-odd people who came last year. 
Van Hal said auctioneer Ross Annett did an outstanding job and the number of volunteers, who not only made the many pancakes, but helped clean up was also inspiring. She added not only did they raise a lot of money, but it definitely got a lot of people excited and put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.
The County of Newell reports Scandia has a population of a 137 while nearby Rainier (home of Alcoma School) has 23.

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