Local chain Pagliacci Pizza has just announced it will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from all of its locations today, Thursday, January 28, to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. According to the owners, they decided to dedicate today to helping those in Haiti after overwhelming company-wide support for a fundraising project. They wrote on their blog,
I, like all of you, have witnessed the news footage from Haiti over the past few weeks. Total devastation. You can’t help but be moved by the images in the press. As I was deliberating what we should do as a company, several of our employees had similar thoughts. Devesh Kumar, a driver from Miller Delivery Kitchen, was the first to approach me about what Pagliacci could do as a company. The whole Sand Point Delivery Kitchen crew talked about donating their tips to aid relief efforts. Jason Cheung, the University Pizzeria General Manager, sent out an email to all of our managers asking if their crew was interested in donating tips for a day and if Pagliacci would match their donations. Our crew really wanted to help and so did I.
In addition to donating today’s proceeds, Pagliacci will also be matching all of their employee contributions to the fund and working with their vendors to encourage a donation of the food and packaging used today.
Pagliacci has 21 locations throughout Seattle, including their Queen Anne pizzeria, located at 550 Queen Anne Ave N, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.
(Photo courtesy of Pagliacci Pizza via Flickr. Thanks to Patrick for the tip!)