Kiel volunteers make 4,000 apple pies to support Divine Savior School

KIEL — If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what do thousands of apples in two days get you?

A lot of pies and a lot of money — all for a good cause, of course.
More than 250 people associated with Divine Savior Catholic School in Kiel donned hair nets and joined forces Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, in the school gymnasium to make 4,000 apple pies as part of the 16th annual Dutch Apple Pie Fundraiser.
Organizers expected to get close to — if not exceed — this year’s profit goal of $27,000, all of which goes to the school’s general fund. The school’s first apple pie fundraiser, for eighth-graders in 2000, netted a profit of $2,000 from 400 pies. Last year’s event raised $25,900.

Brian Post transfers peeled apples from one container into another in the gymnasium at Divine Savior Catholic School in Kiel as part of the school’s annual fundraising event. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

Volunteers worked in shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. Crates of fresh apples were brought in and peeled using old-fashioned apple peelers. Then, the apples were de-cored and shipped along the production line for additional slicing and dicing. From there, they were put into pre-made pie crusts (everything else was homemade), mixed with cinnamon and other ingredients, and wrapped and boxed.

On average, volunteers cranked out one apple pie every 30 seconds for the duration of the 32 total hours.

“We’ve got a lot of people doing a lot of different things here,” said first-year event chairperson Kristy Koenig, who has three boys attending Divine Savior Catholic School. “Everyone knows what they need to do and they’re doing a good job.”

Also on the event committee were Danielle Ehlenbeck, Emily Fox, Becky Meyer, Paula Heller, Kim Garlieb and Renee and Dean Thelen.

“It’s pretty hectic, but it’s fun,” Ehlenbeck said. “And it all goes to the school, so that makes it all really worthwhile.”

Throughout the day on Friday, students came down from their respective classes and sang to the volunteers. Students from Roncalli High School in Manitowoc and St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary also assisted in the production line.

People who ordered apple pies in advance picked them up on Friday and Saturday. Some additional pies were made for people who forgot to pre-order or didn’t know about the event until recently. This year’s pies cost $10 each (there also was a low-sugar alternative available).

For more information about ordering pies for next fall, call Divine Savior Catholic School, (920) 894-3533.