Annual pie auction raises money for local bands

The Boonville Band Booster Club held its annual annual World Famous Pie Auction on Friday. Throughout the evening, which started around 6:45 p.m. a crowd of hundreds gathered at the Laura Speed Elliott Auditorium to hear band music performed by fifth grade through high school level students. Pies were auctioned off between performances. The evening featured chili in the LSE commons before and during the event. Starting the event was the fifth grade band class, which entertained the audience with such songs as 'Go Tell Aunt Rhody.' Furthermore, music styles including marches, overtures and swing music was performed. The Boonville Silver Pirate Marching Band performed later in the evening. In between musical performances, Col. Tim Derendinger of the Derendinger Auctioning Firm, auctioned off the pies. Bids began around $15. Some pies sold for hundreds of dollars. Derendinger reminded the audience what they were there for a benefit for the students of the band program. A wreath was donated by Marcey Caldwell of A-Baker Floral in memory of Col. John Ed Derendinger who passed away on New Year's Eve. Mary Derendinger, wife of the late John Ed, was very thankful to accept the wreath on the families behalf. The wreath was donated in remembrance for the years of service John Ed had given for the auction. "It was very heartwarming for all of us," Derendinger said. Penny Cain, daughter of John Ed, made her last coconut cream pie for this year's auction, which sold for $350, and was the highest grossing pie of the night. The pie in past years has sold for $1,000. Cain, in an earlier story said she would make the pie because her father (John Ed) loved coconut cream pie. The pie itself was quite large, equivalent to four regular sized pies. The pie auction raised over $7,000 along with a chili dinner, which brought over $1,000. According to Litwiller the auction has been a huge success every year and has been the largest fundraiser for the band program. In past years the money has been used for new band uniforms, travel expenses and scholarships. Litwiller has not released what the funds from this year will be used for as of yet. Band booster volunteer Alicia Escobar Watts said the event was a huge success. "It is great to know that people care about the band and are willing to donate money," Escobar Watts said.