Cherry Pie Auction sets record with $18,520

Wes McMillian of Brownwood and his 8-month-old daughter, Gentry, look over faucets available for bid at the Cherry Pie Auction Saturday morning at the Adams Street Community Center. McMillian is a plumber.

And the winner is … the five youth sports leagues that benefitted from Saturday's Cherry Pie Auction.

The auction, held for three hours at the Adams Street Community Center, raised $18,520  — a record amount, exceeding last year's total by $710. The auction set a record for the third consecutive year.

There were several "big-ticket" items including an autographed Shelby Miller glove, which sold for more than $1,000, Brownwood Parks and Recreation Director David Withers said.

"Lots of autographed items came in extremely good," Withers said.

The total included $2,475 donation from the Heart of Texas VFW, Withers said. 

"It is a new record," Withers said of the total. "I'm very excited out it. I didn't think it would be easy to beat last year's (amount)."

"The good part is, all the money we raise is divided equally between the five leagues. We're very appreciative of all the leagues and businesses."

The auction benefits the Cen-Tex Soccer, Teenage Baseball, Soccer for Fun, Girls Softball and Freshman Baseball leagues and benefits 1,500 youth.

Hundreds of items will be auctioned off including automotive goods and services, home decor, baked goods, kick knacks and sports memorabilia.

"That's a new record," Withers reiterated. "We're happy-happy." 

The Cherry Pie Auction is the biggest fund-raising project of the year for the five youth activities.

Named the Cherry Pie Auction due to the premise of the original event, the auction grew to include more than just pies, cakes, cobblers and other baked goods.