Holly Cooke, a junior speech pathology major, stepped up to the plate to mush an American pie into her friend’s face. The opportunity cost her more than $100.
Cooke said she was able to bash her friend with a pie.
“It was really good because it was innocent fun,” Cooke said. “Usually the pie auction doesn’t get as much attention, but this year was the best turnout I’ve ever seen.”
This pie smashing occurred at Baptist Collegiate Ministry held an annual pie auction Tuesday, March 19, to raise funds for summer mission trips.
Dawson Shannon, a freshman political science major, said he is a member of the mission leadership team. Shannon said their main goal is to raise funds for mission trips.
“Basically, the pie auction is members of the BCM who have come together to bake pies and have people bid on them,” Shannon said.
Once a bidder has won a pie, he or she has two choices: to keep the pie to eat or bash it in the baker’s face, Shannon said.
Kevin Inman, the BCM director, said he was moved by the pie auction and the teamwork he witnessed.
“This is the most we’ve ever raised at the pie auction,” Inman said. “The goal of this is to raise money to help send students around the world to share the gospel.”
Shannon said the mission trips are headed to Kazakhstan and Hawaii this summer.
“I’m going to be a part of the trip to Kazakhstan, and I’m excited to share the word there,” Shannon said.
Tech’s BCM cooperates with other BCMs around the state to help raise the needed money to fund mission trips, Inman said.
He said various events will be held around the state by other BCMs to raise money in a collaborative effort.
“Our money also helps all the colleges in Louisiana send these wonderful students around the world to share the word of Christ,” Inman said. “We call this the ‘Cooperative Program,’ and it’s special because people come together as one.”
Kate Warner, a sophomore biology major, said she is the mission’s team leader, and she said she was pleased with the results of the event.
“I love how people who had already bid on pies continued to bid through the night, knowing that all their money was going to a good cause,” Warner said.
Irvin Wasswa, a junior speech communication major, said he participated in the bidding process at the pie auction.
“This is my first year being a part of BCM and I love it,” Wasswa said. “It’s great to see the body of Christ come together and serve in this way.”
Sarah McAllister, a sophomore family and child sciences major, said she baked pies for people to bid on in the auction.
She said this was a positive experience for her.
“I’m just really grateful that the BCM does this because I have a friend that went overseas this summer,” McAllister said. “The opportunity to be able to support her by simply making a pie is gratifying for me.”
Sarah Kilpatrick, a junior psychology major, said she was the victim of Cooke’s pie mashing.
“It was fun to get messy,” Kilpatrick said. “When I was pied I thought I was going to fall over. In retrospect, I wish I did because that would have been funnier.”
The BCM will continue to raise money to fund the young people that are inspired by the words of Christ, Inman said.
“It’s humbling and leaves me in awe to see students that have a love for Christ and want to share that with others,” Inman said. “That’s how we are able to raise these funds.”
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