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June 21, 2013

No pie in the sky donation

Contest winner donates pies to Center of Hope, matched by offer of meals by sponsoring business

By BRIAN SMITH

A “silly” thing to do will mean something serious to a group of people that need it.

Luke Ogle has been a customer at Hutch’s Pie and Sandwich Shop since he was a kid. Ogle, 32, recently took part in a Facebook contest as a promotion to name a “pie man”-style mascot for the business. Ogle, an automotive services manager for a Fort Worth car dealership, came up with “Mr. Doughjangles” after the country song of a similar name.

After more than a week of narrowing down names, Ogle’s suggestion won he and his family a year’s supply of pies.

“I can’t believe I won,” Ogle said with a laugh. “I was just doing it to be silly.”

Brandon Hutchens with Hutch’s said he was simply trying to develop a mascot for the business to aid in promotion. “To give the business a face besides mine,” he jokes.

What Ogle did next is far from silly, however. Ogle, a member of New River Fellowship in Hudson Oaks, decided there was no way he, his wife and his daughter could eat that many pies, so he decided to do the next best thing. He worked out a deal with Hutchens where he could take five months’ worth of pies and donate the rest to Center of Hope in Weatherford, where Ogle has volunteered in the past as part of the church’s men’s ministry program.

Hutchens went one step further and will be donating a meal a day to Center of Hope for seven months, or about 210 meals. Weatherford Center of Hope Director Jennifer Bledsoe said she will be developing a coupon that clients in need of a meal can take to Hutch’s for a full meal.

“This is such a blessing what Luke and Brandon are doing for us,” Bledsoe said. “We will dispense these throughout the year and it will help a whole lot.”

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