Bake sale: Aumsville tries fundraisers to support new city sign

November, 2010 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

What do bricks, coffee mugs and pies have in common?

All are being sold to raise funds for the new Aumsville city welcome sign.

“The planning commission and city hall staff thought up the fundraisers,” said Maryann Hills, Aumsville city administrator. “They’ll be selling the items.”

First on the sales agenda are five varieties of pies – American apple, cherry crunch, pumpkin chiffon, marionberry and marionberry crunch – from Willamette Valley Fruit Farms, recently chosen as Ag Business of the Year by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

“The pie crusts are hand-rolled and contain no preservatives, water, starch or additives,” Aumsville Administrative Assistant Lora Hofmann said. “All fruit pies are trans-fat free.”

Pies may be ordered at city hall or from a planning commissioner, and will be available for pick up at the Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Cost is $12 each and orders must be pre-paid.

“They’ll arrive frozen and are ready-to-bake in your own oven,” Hofmann said. “It’s a 9-inch, 40-ounce piece of heaven – yummy!”

Christmas gift fundraising items are also on sale at city hall: city mug, $7; city hat, $10; and commemorative coin, $20; or all three for $32.

For an even more lasting piece of history, residents can purchase a personalized 4×6-inch brick to be installed in the base of the new city welcome sign on First Street and the Highway 22 interchange.

“Businesses, family names and messages can be seen on this attractive sign for many years to come, and purchasers will be seen as one that gave back to the community by supporting the sign,” Hills said. Of supporters of the new sign, she added, “It truly could not have been done without them!”

Each brick costs $100, with the purchase of two or more at $75 apiece. Messages can be up to 25 characters, including spaces.

“We figured 25 characters would accommodate business and family names, as well as some one-liners,” said Hills, who will decide what is appropriate based on the same parameters used for city newsletter ads and articles.

Hills projects some 40 bricks will be sold, adding to the $6,000 needed to develop the new sign, which city officials hope to have in place by the city’s Centennial Celebration in 2011.

“We are almost half way there with $2,950 to date,” she said.

The city raised almost $300 at the Sept. 18 swap meet/garage sale/flea market at Mill Creek Park as part of the fundraising efforts.

“Even though it rained that day, we had 13 vendors,” Hofmann said. “People, umbrellas in hand, kept coming and buying. Despite the weather, we consider the sale a big success. There have been many that have expressed interest in this becoming and annual or semi-annual event.”

Hills said staffers hope to be finished with fundraising by the holiday season. All donations are tax-deductible.

“We have no city budget available for this Welcome Sign project that has been a long-time goal of the city,” she said. “We are so thankful to all of those that have given us many different ways to make this sign a reality.”

To donate or purchase a pie, gift or brick, visit Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. For information: 503-749-2030.

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