By Polly Lynn
KILLINGTON— On Sunday, Sept. 11, at Moguls Sports Pub 22 volunteer “local celebrities” lined up and took dozens of pies to the face. Whipped cream as well as peaches, cherries and pumpkin were speared over faces with delight — all for a good cause as it was a fundraiser for Chase Kuehl and the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation (PMSF). Chase Kuehl and his family attended the event, with his father Rick and sister Karena as two of the 22 “celebrities” that folks could pie.
Chase Kuehl is one of only 1,400 children worldwide diagnosed with this disease. The prevalence of those with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is estimated to be between 1 in 20,000 babies born. There is no cure, but it is PMSF’s goal to find effective therapies to help those with PMS, and, eventually, a cure.
Last year the event raised $3,000, which was doubled the money raised from the first year of the event. This year, the third annual event, raised $9,000— which was far over organizer’s expectations.
“I was blown away when the number came it at $9,000,” said Dave Hoffenberg, emcee and co-founder of the event. “It was way more than I thought we’d do and we’re thrilled!”
CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION: The $9,000 raised will be split 50/50 between the Chase Kuehl Trust and PMSF with $4,500 going to each.
Photo by: Robin Alberti