With 2017 quickly coming to a close, we thought we’d pause and take a moment to reflect on some of our favorite giving-back moments from this year. Each of our Ian’s Pizza locations is involved in their respective community in different ways. These opportunities make our hearts so full and these are the moments that mean the most to us: bringing the community together through goodwill and good food. We had each of our locations highlight their two favorite “giving back” moments from 2017.
Ian’s Pizza Seattle:
Last spring, Ian’s Pizza Seattle catered a lunch at the Youthcare Orion Center, a place where at-risk youth and teens can learn the life skills they need to be successful. Interacting with both the staff and kids was a great experience for the staff members and they can’t wait to go back in 2018.
Secondly, Field Roast Vegan Nights are the perfect combination of great food and benefit a great cause. These quarterly events highlight Field Roast’s Chef Tommy McDonald and his delicious vegan options. These nights support sustainable and alternative food as well as a local animal sanctuary that receives 100% of the proceeds from each vegan night. These animals have been abandoned, abused or misplaced and Ian’s Pizza Seattle couldn’t think of a better place to donate their money. Whether or not you’re vegan, you’ll surely be able to find a slice that suits your fancy. These vegan nights will continue into 2018, so if you’re in the Seattle area, make sure to stop by!
Ian’s Pizza Denver:
The Mile High City is full of goodwill opportunities. At Ian’s Pizza Denver, they’ve focused their energy on giving pizzas and gift cards to schools and educational initiatives including parent-teacher conferences and silent auctions. Specifically, they’ve given to Kenton Elementary School, the “Road to Reading” fundraiser at Reading Partners Colorado, Charles Hay World School and the Denver Street School.
They’ve also donated both pies and their free time to Urban Peaks, a local nonprofit that works with homeless teenagers and provides them with the means and services to stay safe and off the streets.
Ian’s Pizza Madison:
Did somebody say puppy chow? Ian’s Pizza Madison teams up with a local humane society and donates a portion of all puppy chow sales to helping animals in need of a forever home. Each month, this location also sponsors a dog from the Dane County Humane Society to build awareness through a Puppy of the Month Promotion. We don’t discriminate; we like helping our four-legged friends, too!
The past couple of years, Ian’s Pizza Madison has also worked with Kids in the Rotunda. This is a free show for kids and families at the Overture Center held Saturday mornings from October through April. These shows engage and educate not only kids but the whole family. This location donates to this event via both a food and monetary contribution. They’re especially proud of being involved with this organization because they recognize the value of arts in the community, especially organizations and events that benefit the youth.
As a company as a whole, we are very grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to work with and give back to local organizations. We believe in being a source of good in our communities and we’re already looking forward to continuing to give back in 2018. If you know of a local charity or organization that could use some Ian’s Pizza love, feel free to contact us!