CommunityPecan Festival

200 Pecan Pies To Help Infant Crisis Center

Baked by Lela Carter's granddaughter

For fall break, Paige Seknicka and Marleigh Smith didn’t head out for a camping trip or other adventure, instead they spent the time in the kitchen to make pecan pies! Their goal is to have 200 mini pecan pies ready for The Luther Pecan Festival on November 16 to make a big dent in their fundraising goal for the Infant Crisis Center.

Both on the Teen Board of the Infant Crisis Center, the sophomore and senior from Edmond Sante Fe High School were inspired to make pies by Paige’s grandmother, Lela Carter, who was a founder of the Luther Pecan Festival. Sadly, Lela suddenly passed away back in January leaving a large whole in many of our hearts.  Even as we grieve this loss, we know Lela would be thrilled to see her granddaughter shine and serve in such an important way.

Paige and Marleigh take a break during the 2018 Pecan Festival.

We think she’d be happy with these pies too! The girls rolled dough, measured butter and used fresh pecans to bake 100 pies during fall break. They put them in the freezer. The rest will be eady by the time of the festival on November 16. Look for their pie stand near Rustic Farm on Main Street.

One in four Oklahoma toddlers live in poverty.

Infant Crisis Services is a local non-profit that provides life-sustaining formula, food, diapers, and other basic necessities to babies and toddlers whose families are in crisis. Started in 1984, it now serves more than 1,300 babies and toddlers each month at their Oklahoma City office and on the BabyMobile – a food and diaper pantry on wheels. Infant Crisis Center receives no federal, state, or United Way funding – it is completely privately funded.

The Infant Crisis Services Teen Board has a goal to raise $65,000 to support the organization’s mission. Paige and Marleigh’s hard work and delicious pies should help them.

But it might be a while before they want to get out the rolling pin again!

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