COVID-19 restrictions have people creating innovative new ways of doing things, while still maintaining social distancing and safe gatherings.
The ninth annual Pizza Party for the Pantry, benefiting the Clyde Backdoor Food Pantry, will be held 2-4 p.m. March 20 at Clyde High School, 1015 Race St. The creators, Theresa Herman and Brenda Fisher, CHS alumni, wanted to continue their annual benefit, but had to recreate it.
They put their heads together and figured out how to do it while still having fun, making it a drive-through event in the CHS parking lot with stations for designated purposes.
They will not serve a pizza lunch this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but party goers will have chances to win gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants. A virtual raffle will be held after the drive-through, when they will go live on the Facebook event page, 2021 Pizza Party for the Pantry — Drive Through Event.
Pictures of the raffle items are being posted on the Facebook event page as in the past. Donations are from friends and local businesses.
Check out the business Bingo game
To help support the businesses that supported them in the past, a business Bingo game can be played now. The Bingo card can be printed off their Facebook page. It lists 24 businesses.
Then take the card to the business listed to have them initial their square. Tell them you are a friend of the Pizza Party for the Pantry. Winners can be five across, down or diagonal. Take the completed Bingo card with you to the drive-through party. Completed cards will be entered into a separate raffle.
Raffle tickets will not be distributed this year. Instead, one can buy chances to win.
Be prepared a week before the party
A week before the party, March 13, a form listing raffle items will be uploaded on the Facebook page, 2021 Pizza Party for the Pantry Drive-Through Event, so one can complete which items they want to try and win.
This form will need to be completed with a person’s information no later than March 19. Chances will cost the same as if tickets were sold in person at the party: $1 each or 6 for $5.
Chances must be paid for at the time of the drive-through party. It is requested one bring exact change or make a check payable to Clyde Food Pantry. There will be a designated stop along the drive through to pay for chances and confirm selections.
In the past pizza was provided by local pizza shops and other businesses. Since food will not be served, organizers are encouraging friends of the pizza party to continue supporting those businesses that have supported the party all of these years.
Want to donate? There’s still time
If an individual, family or business would like to donate to the online raffle, contact Herman at 419-307-0047 or Fisher at 419-603-0268. It is hoped to have all raffle items collected by March 13, or at least a photo so it can be posted on the Facebook page.
The party has been an annual event since 2013, It has grown in size from first meeting at the Clyde Public Library to the CHS cafeteria. This is the ninth party, and to date more than 2,000 items have been collected and $2,000 donated.
Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Green Springs. Contact her at 419-547-8177 or by email at [email protected]