Charity pie auction brings in more than $1,300

Sunday, October 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:21 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

Intricate scalloping, sugary glazes and fruit filling lay just beneath transparent kitchen wrap on a table in Courthouse Square on Friday as county employees held their second annual Pie Contest and Auction to benefit the Columbia Area United Way.

The auction raised a little more than $1,300 for the United Way’s 2005 campaign.

Boone County Commissioners Keith Schnarre, Karen Miller and Skip Elkin judged the pies before the auction, awarding prizes to bakers of the top three. Thirteen pies were entered, including caramel pecan pumpkin, peanut butter, mocha and apple.

Lisa Roland, who works in the office of Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray, took home a pair of Missouri football tickets for contributing the winning peaches-and-cream pie. She also earned the traveling trophy as baker of the pie that garnered the highest bid. Julia Underhill paid $151 for the dessert.

“I don’t even like pie, but it’s for charity,” Underhill said.

County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane acted as master of ceremonies and Deputy Marshall Scott Kuntz was the auctioneer. Together, they cajoled the gathered workers to up their bids.

“He is a certified auctioneer and heavily armed,” Crane said of Kuntz.

Contest co-chairwoman Carol Gragg said that before the auction the county had raised about 10 percent of its $13,830 goal for United Way contributions. Auction proceeds boosted that number to 20 percent.

The county will continue to solicit donations through Oct. 14.

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