Save the date and don’t be late for
this very important date: The 31st
Annual Ophir School Pie Auction is
Saturday, March 12 at Buck’s T-4 at
7 p.m.This year’s theme is The Mad
Hatter. Come in costume or come as
you are to the school’s largest fundraiser
of the year. Admission is free
for this fun-filled event.
The Pie Auction began as a simple
auction of homemade pies to raise
money for incidental expenses at
Ophir, and is now the number one
fund-raising event for the school
and provides the bulk of the funding
necessary to pay for the ski and swim
programs, field trips, classroom supplies,
artists in residence and more.
“It is no understatement to say that
many of the special programs which
make Ophir what it is would not be
possible without the funds we raise
at the pie auction,” said Auction
Chair Kimmi Warga. “We are also
taking into account the state of the
local and national economy with this
year’s event.”
Warga said the organization has been
actively cutting corners wherever
possible and scrutinizing all funding
requests in order to preserve operational
funds for all-school programs
such as plays, trips, athletics and more.
“Our primary fundraising goal is to pay
for the programs which have become
core to the Ophir School experience,
and to be able to continue to meet the
needs of our teachers. We aren’t looking
to break any records.” Instead, says
Warga, she is looking at this year’s pie
auction as an opportunity to bring the
Big Sky community together.
The auction promises local entertainment
and a casual, non-intimidating
atmosphere for community members
to enjoy. The pie auction isn’t only
a fundraiser. “It is a chance to come
together and celebrate what makes Big
Sky so great. And that’s the community—
with the school as it’s heart.”
And while this event is to raise money
for the school’s children, it is an adultonly
affair, as alcohol will be available
for purchase. Eighth graders are available
for hire for babysitting. To hire an
eighth-grader, please contact Nettie
Breuner at (406) 995-4281 ext 227. To
volunteer for the pie auction or make a
donation, please contact Kimmi Warga
at or 995-2943.