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Two local nonprofits team up for pie sale

Published: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two local nonprofits are holding a Market Day holiday pie and dessert sale. Pay-It-Forward House in Sycamore has partnered with the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center in DeKalb for the fundraiser.

“If we sell 500 or more pies, the profits we raise for our cause jump to 45 percent, so of course we want 500 to be our minimum goal,” Kathy Overby, board member and pie sale chairwoman at Pay-It-Forward House, said in a news release. “But this is a lot of pies to sell for a small organization. Partnering with Glidden Homestead in DeKalb is the perfect collaboration for this fundraiser. We combine our sales to help exceed our goal, earning more money for both our organizations while sharing these great products with both the DeKalb and Sycamore communities.”

Overby has been the driving force behind the pie sale fundraiser since she brought the idea to the Pay-It-Forward House board seven years ago. Her involvement has made this fundraiser a success and led to her taking a leadership role as a member of the board of directors.

“We are so blessed to have volunteers like Kathy who use their creativity to identify successful fundraisers that benefit our organization and provide a really good product that our supporters appreciate,” Jea Nae Remala, Pay-It-Forward House executive director, said in the release. “Developing this into a collaborative effort with another small organization that has a different supporter base was a great idea. Both organizations gain the maximum benefit and more members of both communities learn about our organizations, too.”

This is the second time the two organizations have partnered for the sale. With the increased funds derived from the partnership last year, Pay-it-Forward House raised enough money to cover its entire heating and air conditioning bill for the year. Board members at the Glidden Homestead are challenging each other to see who can sell the most pies to benefit their organization.

“There are always additional needs when maintaining a historical site, so our operations fund will appreciate the extra boost created by this fun fundraiser,” Glidden Homestead Executive Director Marcia Wilson said in the release.

Pay-It-Forward House is a hospitality house that provides a home-away-from-home for families and friends of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County. Glidden Homestead is the restored original home of Joseph Glidden, one of DeKalb’s founding fathers and inventor of one of the most widely used types of barbed wire, which helped shape the success of farmers in America.

A wide variety of pies, cakes and cheesecake are available. Orders are due by Nov. 2 and pies will be available for pickup Nov. 16, just in time for the holiday season. Pickup is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore and from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Buyers can choose the most convenient pickup location for them when they order.

Order forms can be downloaded from the websites of both organizations: www.payitforwardhouse.org or www.gliddenhomestead.org.

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