Pie In Face Fundraiser

Norwood High School girls volleyball team in Dedham, Massachusetts, holds whipped cream pie throwing fundraiser on Norwood Day. For a small donation, $3 for one pie for $5 for two, folks could toss a pie in the face of their favorite volleyball player. The money will go towards the new uniforms just purchased for the varsity, JV A and JV B teams.

Abilene, TX – It was a nice afternoon for some pie… in the face. Tuesday the Zeta Chi Social Service Fraternity held their 3rd annual Pie-in-the-face Fundraiser. Students were able to buy a whipped cream pie and hit club members in the face with it. They are donating the proceeds to the Connecting Caring Communities. Last year the club raised $370 for the Children’s Hope Chest Foundation in Russia during the three-hour event.

Kosciusko, MS – When it comes to Attala County’s Relay for Life, Kosciusko Lower Elementary has always been one of the leaders in fundraising for the American Cancer Society for the Kosciusko City School District.  One KLE class competition is raising money to see which teacher and teacher assistant get a pie in the face.

Canon Falls, MN – The Cannon Falls Ed Foundation’s annual hair dye contest has morphed into a “pie in the face” contest. A chance to throw a pie was auctioned off the night of the annual CFEF auction fundraiser. In the event of a tie, both Pie in the Face “winners” will get the pie.

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There are a number of “pie in face” videos on YouTube.

How do you do this?

1.  Pick a date for your event to take place. You will also need a location for the actual pie presentation to be done. We do it during the Summer festival, they actually let us use the stage to announce our winner.

2.  Ask around your community for volunteers for this event. You want to pick the people that are very active in your community and ones that have a great personality. Some examples are: the Mayor, the Superintendent of a school, Principal, Football coach or even the Police Chief. You will need at least 5 people. Make sure they know what they are getting into.

3.  Start advertising the event. In your fliers, ads, posters or however you are advertising, be sure to include a ballot for people to submit their choice for who receives the pie in the face. We charge $1.00 per vote. We also send ballots out to the schools if we have a teacher, Principal or football coach etc…

4.  We also take votes during the festival: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We have a poster which we made that shows a big pig receiving a pie in the face at the top. On the bottom we made 5 little pigs and put the participants names on each one (one name per piggy). We then put fun tac or tape on the back of each one and move the pigs up as their votes come in. On Sunday afternoon we take down the poster, but still keep track of the votes. Only our group knows who is winning. This helps to get the other players to vote against each other because they knew where they were, but not where they are now. Some times we make our most monies off the participants.

5.  When it is time to announce the winner. We get all 5 participants up on stage and announce who they are and what they do for our community. We then name the third place winner, second and then the first place winner and the recipient of the pie. He/She comes up and sits on the chair we have placed in front. Someone from our group, fill the tin with shaving cream and brings it up to the chair area. The winner of the previous year gets to give the pie to the winner. Be sure to have a few towels for the winner to wipe their face afterward. We then give a certificate of appreciation to all the five participants.  Instruction Source: eHow

We have included a number of do-it-yourself fundraising ideas in this section that offer a break from traditional product sales.  They were developed by groups just like yours in an attempt have a little fun with their fundraiser. Some of them are tried and true while others show a lot of creativity … and even wackiness in some cases.  All of them are obviously not appropriate for every group, but sometimes, with only a little modification, your might find some fund raising ideas that are perfect for your group. If you have an idea for a do-it-yourself fund raiser you are willing to share with others, please send it to us via email. Include anything and everything you would want to know if you were hearing the idea for the first time.