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Pie sales benefit AIDS families

Several MIT staff members are again participating in Pie in the Sky, an annual Thanksgiving pie sale to benefit those who are homebound with AIDS and their families.

Community Servings began feeding people with AIDS in 1990 and now delivers 1,500 meals per week. The Thanksgiving pie project offers pies baked and donated by more than 150 of Boston's best chefs, restaurants, caterers, churches, bakeries and hotels, including The Four Seasons, Maison Robert, Upstairs at the Pudding, the Andover Country Club and L'Espalier.

The apple, pumpkin, pecan or sweet potato pies cost $20 for one or $15 each for two or more. All proceeds will go to feeding those living with AIDS, since virtually all promotional materials and packaging are being donated by area businesses. Proceeds from each pie will feed a family of five. In 1997, Community Servings sold more than 10,000 pies and raised $181,000 (with less than $10,000 in fund-raising expenses).

Anyone who would like to buy a pie should contact coordinator Cheryl DeJong Vossmer of Campus Police at x3-9755,, or one of the other MIT participants: Jeremy Grainger or Maureen Ziochouski at the MIT Press Bookstore, x3-0301,; Kevin Healy, x3-6318,; Terry Priest Nash, x3-1875,; Tobie Weiner, x3-3649,; Julie Parker, x3-6966,; Jill Pullen, x3-0708,; or Richard Gillyard, x3-4373, Orders should be placed by November 13.

The pies may be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in Lobby 10 from 8am-noon, at the MIT Press Bookstore from 9am-5pm, or at one of 28 locations around Boston and the suburbs. For more information, call Community Servings at 445-7777.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 4, 1998.

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