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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:10

Annual event sells almost 4,500 desserts; money raised keeps tuition down

    It’s unofficial Pie Week throughout the area.
    Ozaukee Christian School wrapped up its 12th annual Dutch apple pie sale Tuesday, when over 4,000 treats were picked up.
    The taste, however, is not the only thing that satisfies people.
    At least $60,000 was raised, and since OCS gets all the proceeds because sponsors cover 100% of the cost, the school uses this fundraiser to keep tuition rates down.
    “We are always amazed at how God blesses our organization through this event,” said Dave Swartz, the school board president who finished his second year as chairman of the apple pie committee.
    He says just under 4,500 pies were made, which came close to the school record 4,718 that were sold three years ago.
    When the event was first held, only 300 pies were made but 400 more were added because of demand.
    “I did not expect it to grow so rapidly, but the reality is that the pies are just very delicious,” said school board vice-president Mark Fischer. “The only complaint I’ve heard from people that buy the pies is that after they eat one, they wish they would’ve ordered many more.”
    Fischer and his wife, Liz, coordinated the event with others the first year.
    As time passed, he remembered how beneficial the fundraiser has been because many local connections have been made with other volunteers, even those not associated with the school.
    “It’s helped people locally see that the school is more than just an education for children, but it’s actually a ministry where we feel the character traits of these kids are being instilled with what it really takes to be leaders in our area for the future,” Mark said.
    OCS used to hold a dinner auction as its main fundraiser but too many similar events in the area made principal Kris Austin decide it was time to try something else.
    Sheboygan County Christian had been selling apple pies years before OCS did, so school officials asked for help and guidance from their neighbor to the north. Popularity in the fundraiser has increased ever since.
    “Now we are up to 4,500 pies, which is just amazing to me,” Austin said.
    Orders for the 10-inch, $14 pie are hand-made with apples direct from the orchard began in August and commenced on Oct. 13. On Saturday, over 200 volunteers assembled the pies at OCS. The pies were then frozen until pick-up day.
    Austin, in her 28th year at OCS, says she bought 12 pies and always saves one to eat the week before the event is held. So last week, her family got a head start on the pie-eating festivities.
    “It kind of gets my husband and I in the mind-set and the mood for apple pies by baking that last one. I usually take a photo of it and put it on Facebook and say ‘cannot wait to make another few thousand of these in a few days,’” Austin said.

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