LifeROOTS once again gave the community the opportunity to celebrate national “Pi Day” in a unique and philanthropic way. On March 14th — the day set aside to honor the mathematical constant of Pi (3.14) — LifeROOTS joined with Builders Source Appliance Gallery to host a unique “Pi(e) Day Event” fundraiser to raise money to continue to help children and adults with disabilities – celebrating the milestone 5th year of “pies with a purpose.”
More than 300 people attended this year’s Pi(e) Day Event, bringing together community members, business leaders and LifeROOTS staff all joining together for what has become a fun annual event. Although falling short of raising its monetary goal this year, the money raised will enable LifeROOTS to purchase an adjustable changing table to help decrease safety issues for staff and the people they serve, with hopes that future fundraising will enable LifeROOTS to purchase at least two others. In addition, this year’s event featured a record number of restaurants, sponsors and businesses leaders gathering together to support LifeROOTS in their mission to help those with disabilities – with participants including Christy Mae’s, Golden Crown Panaderia, Blake’s Lotaburger, daVinci’s Pizza, Urban 360 Pizza, Pueblo Harvest, Chello Grill, Pizza 9, the Village Inn, Swiss Alps Bakery & Café and Red Rock Roasters. LifeROOTS was honored to have US Bank serve as a Title Sponsor for this year’s fundraiser.
The LifeROOTS Pi(e) Day Event, which took place at Builders Source Appliance Gallery, featured tastings of dozens of sweet and savory pies and demonstrations from some of the area’s premier chefs. In addition, the unique fundraiser gave people the opportunity to raise money for a good cause by throwing a whipped cream pie at a number of local business leaders who volunteered to be part of this year’s event. This year’s event also included an appearance by Orbit, the Albuquerque Isotopes mascot – who posed for photos with attendees who brought a canned food item to be donated to local food pantries.
“When we created Pie Day five years ago we were looking for a unique way to raise money while providing the community with a fun event, and are thrilled at how this event has grown over the past five years,” says Kathleen Holmes Cates, LifeROOTS President and CEO. “Our annual Pi(e) Day event is just one of the many ways our staff shows their commitment to our mission, with our staff working hard in an underfunded program because they love supporting people towards independence.”