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Successful fund raiser may need new host

After 11 years, Pine River’s Pie on the Porch is starting to look for a new host.

“The Laposky’s, I think, are thinking of building,” said Bob Dabill. “And if that happens, of course they would sell the house and I don’t know where that takes us, but there are a couple of possibilities yet in Pine River. We might continue it yet in a little different location.”

Suggestions for future locations are still welcome.

Pie on the Porch is a fundraiser of donations and volunteers. Dabill says as many as 75 people spend time baking, setting up, serving pies, and cleaning up. Visitors come from all around and sample from over a dozen flavors.

“It seems to be a very huge success. There’s one couple that comes here from Nebraska every year,” Dabill said. “They schedule their vacation to be here every year.”

This year’s event brought in more than 90 pies. Dabill said there were more than 100 pies last yer.

Dabill’s favorite pie is raisin pie without sour cream like his mother used to make it, though he says berry pies are very popular at Pie on the Porch.

“There’s a lot of different people and they have a lot of different tastes. The fresh berry pies always go good, but we have the traditional people that like the pumpkin and lemon pies. It’s really quite interesting, but the traditional apple is probably the traditional favorite,” Dabill said.

Some creative pies in the past have included variations on peanut butter, though one pie was made with beans.

The pies and volunteers come mostly from the Riverview Church in Pine River and Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter. A $5 contribution gets a visitor pie, ice cream, and drinks. This year’s event raised $5,080. Over the last 11 years, the event has officially raised $32,000. That money goes toward charitable missionary work in Honduras.

Dabill and his wife, Char, do a yearly mission trip with World Gospel Charities lasting 5-6 months where they help send kids to school, provide supplies for children's surgeries, and help build community buildings.

Those interested in hosting Pie on the Porch, donating pies or time, or talking about charities in Honduras can email the Dabills at