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Pizza Place to participate in fundraiser

The Original Pizza Place is excited to announce their participation in the inaugural Pizza with a Purpose fundraising initiative, which benefits the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. The Original Pizza Place on 2nd St. Downtown Marietta, will donate $1.00 for each pepperoni pizza sold from Monday, Jan. 25-31. The number of pizzas sold will be tracked and the participating location that sells the most pizzas will be recognized as “Best Pepperoni Pizza” in Ohio.

“After the incredible hardships a lot of the restaurant industry has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud to support our fellow foodservice employees in the state through Pizza with a Purpose,” said Kasandra Ruscitto-Pritchett of The Original Pizza Place. “We encourage members of the Mid Ohio Valley community to visit us or order from us during this weeklong fundraiser to not only help us be named the ‘Best Pepperoni Pizza’ in Ohio, but more importantly give back to struggling restaurant employees. In previous years we have participated in the Slice of Hope fundraiser where we donate 20% of sales from a few days to a local charity, but due to the pandemic we weren’t able to host that fundraiser this year. We really felt the need to find a way to reach out and help in a similar way, and were excited when we saw this fundraiser opportunity. We think our loyal patrons, along with our community, will be able to help us with this fundraiser. Customers can order for delivery, pickup, curbside pickup, or come to eat for a safe dine-in experience any day of the week, Jan. 25-31, as many times as they’d like. There’s no such thing as eating too much pizza for a good cause! We also encourage you to buy a pizza and have it sent to your local first responders, hospital workers, neighbors you haven’t seen in a while, or any essential workers our there you know working hard during this pandemic. We are happy to safely assist a delivery for anyone you want to send a pizza to, plus it helps raise more money for all of the servers or foodservice workers around us having a tough time.”

The Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF), a 501(c)(3), in collaboration with the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), to activate emergency funding for personnel in the foodservice industry who have been affected by COVID-19. Since its launch in April 2020, the fund has awarded more than 1,100 grants and raised more than $350,000 for employees in need.

“A recent ORA poll reveals that at current capacity, 61% of Ohio restaurant operators believe they will be forced to close within nine months and 82% of respondents do not anticipate breaking even in 2020,” said John Barker, president and CEO of the ORA. “The ORAEF has been working diligently to come up with creative ways to fundraise to support Ohio’s restaurant employees who are in financial distress. The team is excited to be partnering with pizza companies across the state for Pizza with a Purpose.”

Any Ohio employees in the restaurant, foodservice or hospitality industry that have been impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for a grant from the Employee Relief Fund. The funding that employees receive is restricted for the use of housing expenses (e.g. mortgage or rent), living expenses (e.g. transportation and groceries) and medical expenses.

Visit or call (740-374-4333) The Original Pizza Place at 231 2nd St. Downtown Marietta, order online at theoriginalpizzaplace.com, or through their mobile app available for download from your app store by searching “The Original Pizza Place” the week of Jan. 25-31. Pizza enthusiasts can learn more here and also can contribute to the cause through donating directly to the fund at OhioRestaurantsRelief.org.

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