SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Not even the sweltering summer heatwave could deter the crowd. On Sunday afternoon, participants came out to pie members of the Springfield Pool staff, and all for a great cause.
The event, called pie for a cause celebrated its fifth year in 2019. People looking to shove whipped cream pies in the faces of the pool staff could either donate a non-perishable canned good or pay a dollar to do the deed.
Springfield resident Krista Bell was at the pool with her two sons, Brendan and Owen. Along with trying to beat the heat, Bell said the chance for her children to do some good while having a little good-natured fun at the pool staff's expense was a winning combo.
"We've been coming here for the last four years," Bell said. "We've done it every year. My boys look forward to coming [to the pool] every day. And it's nice to know that the money we're donating is going to a good cause."
Dawn Wilkenfeld, Co-Activites Director at the Springfield Pool, planned the event this year with her co-director Dan Hesse and Activites Assistant Erin McNany. As Wilkenfeld noted, the pie event was just one of the charity events being done to combat hunger.
"All the donations go towards Swim for Food, which is in partnership with the Springfield Swim Team for their annual can drive," Wilkenfeld said. "Many food pantries do not receive donations during the summer months, so we really love partnering with them for this event, so that we can help contribute to the food pantries."
Wilkenfeld also said that for some of the lifeguards, getting the chance to pie or be pied helps to build staff morale. "A lot of people look forward to the event," she added.