MACY'S PARADE: Pioneer Woman bakes up idea to help cheerleaders reach goal

Mike Erwin |
A pie made by the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, was auctioned recently, with proceeds to benefit a group of five Pawhuska High School cheerleaders who are invited to participate in the upcoming Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

A nearly yearlong campaign to send a group of Pawhuska High School senior cheerleaders to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is marching toward a conclusion.

One final fundraiser was held last week — and it was a dilly.

Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman, offered to donate a pie for an auction to benefit the cheerleaders. Bidding started Tuesday morning and ended Friday evening.

Within five hours, bidding had already reached $200. By the time the auction ended at 7 p.m. Friday, the price paid for the prospective dessert was announced at $450.

Organizers said the auction item would have a two-week notice attached to it. The pie reportedly will to be available for pick-up at downtown’s Drummond Mercantile Building store — which is scheduled to open on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, at 532 Kihekah Ave.

“Ree was glad to help PHS cheer reach their goal,” said PHS cheer coach Jodi Culver, who added that the winning bidder will receive an autographed cookbook.

Dessert bids were submitted on a Facebook group page: Dessert auction for Macy’s Day Parade. (While the auction was under way, updated reports indicated the pie would be on a Pioneer Woman plate, but that other specifics about the dessert were being left up to the creator.)

Pawhuska cheerleaders involved in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day project are Madelyn Priest, Laurel Culver, Heather Conner, Samantha Lookout and Riley Sell. Those five received an invitation to participate in Macy’s 2016 Parade, which will celebrate the New York City event’s 90th anniversary. The parade is scheduled to last from 8 -11 a.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 24.

More than 1,000 cheerleaders are expected to be involved in the procession, according to Culver.

Event officials said around 10,000 individuals normally participate in the parade, and an additional 3.5 million spectators routinely line the streets of Manhattan to witness it first-hand. According to further estimates, a nationwide audience of 50 million will watch via live streams or network broadcasts. A billion more could be viewing, worldwide, officials said.

For more information about cheerleader projects, contact Jodi Culver 918-287-7421..