We know there’s a lot of good happening in Detroit, and every day more and more people are giving their time and talents to make the city the best it can be. It’s pretty unusual, though, when a couple of Detroit institutions can say they’ve been doing just that, together, for 39 years.
That’s exactly what’s being celebrated on Monday, April 13, when Buddy’s Pizza holds its Slice for Life benefit meal at all 11 locations from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s operations in Detroit, which include food and clothing services, a shower program, children’s tutoring and an art therapy program.
With the purchase of a ticket ($15 for adults/$7 for kids), pizza lovers can indulge in an all-you-can-eat two-topping pizza and salad meal. Don’t worry, if you don’t have time, a carryout option is available and includes either a four-square, two-topping pizza or choice of a medium antipasto, Greek or house salad. Plus, attendees can register to win one eight-square Buddy’s Pizza every month for a year!
“Buddy’s Pizza has a rich history of giving back in the community. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is one of Detroit’s longest standing and most effective community outreach ministries,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza Vice President of Operations. “We are pleased to partner with an organization that shares our values of supporting, growing and building a stronger Detroit.”
This year, participants are invited to engage with the family-owned pizzeria on their favorite social media sites. Join the conversation by sharing photos of friends and family enjoying the famous square pizza using #Slice4Life.
“In the past we primarily spread the word through mailings, flyers or word of mouth. With the evolution of social media, the news spreads even faster. With so many of our fans online, we’re excited to connect on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram (BuddysPizzaDet),” added Pikula.
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen prepares and serves 2,000 meals per day. The benefit will help raise funds necessary to keep the community work going strong since its founding in 1929. The soup kitchen is a result of the Capuchin Order’s Province of St. Joseph, which began its ministry on Mt. Elliott in 1883.
Pikula says it’s an event that brings families together. Over the last 38 years, Slice for Life has raised more than $2.7 million, and this year’s goal is to reach $125,000.
“In addition to being a great excuse to enjoy dinner together, it’s a teachable moment. Families can enjoy a meal while supporting a great cause. After 39 consecutive years, Slice for Life is still a great opportunity for parents to demonstrate the value of charitable giving and helping those less fortunate. It’s the perfect reminder, at any age.”
Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance online or by calling (313) 579-2100, ext. 153 or 170. Tickets will also be available at the door.