Pie in the Park
Friday afternoon Main City Park was filled with delicious pies as community members came together to support charity and remember a beloved Gresham figure famous for his baked goods.
The first "Pie in the Park" event was held Aug. 9 as a way to celebrate the late Rev. Harold Fuller. Those who attended all brought a pie they had baked or bought.
Those desserts were then sold for $1 per slice, with all proceeds going to three of Fuller's favorite charities — Union Gospel Mission, My Father's House, and Healthcare Chaplains Ministry.
"Harold was very active in the community and an amazing baker," said Jennifer Dormandy, who helped put the event together. "So we thought this would be a fitting celebration."
Fuller, who passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 14, was known for providing physical and spiritual comfort to families and staff at Gresham's Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, with his delicious, hand-made pies. The longtime Gresham resident and retired minister was beloved within the community, supporting friends and neighbors alike.
"Many of the people here had their lives touched by Harold," Dormandy said. "This keeps the memory alive."
Last Saturday would have been his birthday, so the organizers of "Pie in the Park" thought bringing everyone together for charity was the best way to celebrate.
"He made people better," Dormandy said. "Harold took them as they were, never tried to change them. He helped pull people together"
About 52 pies were donated through the event. The hope is to have "Pie in the Park" become an annual tradition in Gresham.
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