Pie In The Sky

So we’ve all heard of Pie In The Sky, here in Boston….wait….you haven’t?  Oh!  Well, to be quite honest, neither had I until today.  I am on twitter (@IrishRedSox77 look me up) and saw a tweet from @BostonTweet about a flash mob-style sing-a-long to “American Pie” outside the Pru at noon.  Well my office building is adjacent to the Pru, so I figured why not go out and see this on my lunch break, right?

At noon I ventured out and saw 2 HUGE apple pies and a group of smiling people all wearing the same black t-shirt from Boston.com with a slice of pie on the front.  One of the ladies in the pie shirt asked a coworker and I if we wanted to sing at 12:30 with them.  Sure, why not, right?  (my coworker declined and headed back to work)

So in the half hour I had to wait before singing with this lovely group of people, I first learned the song: which was Don McLean’s, “American Pie” with alternative words, then got talking and trying to figure out what I had just gotten myself into.   Turns out I have “gotten myself into” a wonderful organization with people who are passionate and caring!

PIE IN THE SKY BOSTON:  (taken from their website: PieInTheSky.org)

About Pie in the Sky

More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings — Eastern Massachusetts’ free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill.
Each November since 1993, Boston’s best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels donate thousands of pies that over 500 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $25, providing a week’s worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings’ client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer.
Corporate donors provide financial support and donations of in-kind services. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our pie sellers and volunteers, $.92 of every $1.00 raised in 2009 went directly to feeding Community Servings’ clients.
Rest assured, when you support Community Servings through Pie in the Sky, your contribution goes directly to our neighbors in greatest need — homebound individuals and families struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

History of Pie in the Sky

In 1993, members of the restaurant community — who lost many friends and colleagues to AIDS — conceptualized and launched Pie in the Sky. Knowing how food can improve someone’s emotional and physical well-being, Pie in the Sky was an ideal way for Boston’s chefs, caterers, and restaurateurs to support Community Servings’ clients. As our mission has expanded to serve people struggling with any life-threatening illness, our friends in the restaurant community have stood by us. Through their generosity, Pie in the Sky is now the World’s Greatest Bake Sale — raising 15% of Community Servings’ private fundraising revenue! We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and encourage you to frequent their establishments.
If you’re looking for a wonderful cause and some delicious pie, check out PieInTheSky.org and buy a pie, or send one as a gift this holiday season!
To the Pie In The Sky volunteers, keep up the great work!  Thank you for letting me sing with you today!  xoxo
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