Actual pies, other 'targets' added to make 2010 fundraiser a huge success

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  • By Capt. Tony Vincelli
  • 124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Officer
For the second year in a row, the generosity of wing members and their families has amazed, and broken fund-raising goals.

As displayed at the 2nd Annual Pie in the Face fundraiser coordinated by the wing's company grade officer council again this year, members open their hearts and their wallets to the tune of more than $5,000 to support the Southwest Idaho Combined Federal Campaign and local charities. The 2009 event raised approximately $4,500. The goal for this year's event was $4,000.

A couple of new additions this year improved on an already hugely successful 2009 event.

First, the CGO council somehow convinced the leadership from Bldg. 600 to play. So, for a buck, anyone attending the 124th Fighter Wing Family Day picnic was able to buy a ticket to a drawing for a chance to chuck a pie in the faces of Command Chief Master Sgt. Pete Glick, Col. Dick Turner, and last, but not least, Brig. Gen. Bill Shawver. Col. Compton and Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. David Beckman were kind enough to play, too, making this event the "Top 5 Finale".

Also new this year: actual pie! Shari's Restaurant on Franklin near Best Buy was kind enough to donate the "ammunition" for the event. Fifteen Coconut Cream, Banana Cream and Lemon Cream pies were donated, which allowed the recipients of the pies to pick their poison. Speaking from experience (thanks to General Shawver "sharing" his pie with me), the Lemon Cream pie was excellent! The pies made the event much messier, and the "thump" of a full pie getting splattered against someone's face is quite different than the sound of a pie tin filled with whipped cream.

Aside from the new twists, the same format from 2009 was followed.

In an auction-style fundraiser, guardsmen and family members pledged donations for the chance to heave a pie into the face of a co-worker, supervisor, commander or, in some cases, their family member - all in the name of fun and philanthropy.

The event began with an online bidding period that resulted in a pre-selected top 10 "targets". During the live auction at the Family Day picnic, attendees were given a chance to outbid the online bidders for the right to throw a pie at one of the top 10 targets. Then, an opportunity was given for the target to outbid the bidder for the opportunity to turn the tables and throw the pie at their bidder!

The donations from that event will be split between three pre-selected charities as part of the CFC: the Idaho Foodbank, the Boise Rescue Mission and the Idaho National Guard Family Support Fund.