Mesa, Ariz.—When children in the Valley need a refuge from an abusive atmosphere, the Child Crisis Center is there to offer a home, safety and encouragement. To honor and support the heroes in our community who support the Center’s efforts, Organ Stop Pizza will host a Musical Hero luncheon from 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sat., May 31. The event, which is open to the public, is a chance to learn more about the Center and be a hero by bringing a donation or gift to help kids at the 42-bed emergency shelter.
At the Musical Hero luncheon, locals can learn how the Center supports children from ages 0 to 11 years who are victims of some type of trauma at home and about the Family Resource Center that provides free local parenting classes. For $5 and a gift, customers can enjoy pizza, salad and soda while listening to music performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. The Center needs items for tiny tots such as bottles, sippy cups, diapers, wipes, DVDs, toys, blankets and clothes. Current, there is an urgent need for summer clothing sizes 4-11 for boys and girls. If you choose not to bring a gift, tickets can be purchased for $10. Buy at www.organstoppizza.com
“The Child Crisis Center is so much more than a local charity,” said Jack Barz, co-owner of Organ Stop Pizza. “They’ve been there to help children and families in need and are a great resource for the entire community. We hope that with this luncheon we can bring in some much needed items for the Center while raising awareness for this important part of our community.”
“We are very grateful to everyone at Organ Stop Pizza for inspiring the gift of volunteering and generosity in our community by sharing their love of music, children and families,” said Pam Godfrey, Community Relations Director of Child Crisis Center. “We want to acknowledge the “Heroes” in our community who do their work unnoticed, but make such a huge difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.”
About Organ Stop Pizza: Organ Stop Pizza has been a Valley favorite for 43 years. Home to the world’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, the unique pizza restaurant is a favorite entertainment destination for all ages. Along with pizza, they offer pasta, appetizers, salad, ice cream and beer/wine and soft drinks. Their professional organists play everything from Bach to rock to crowds of up to 700 people every night. They are a cash or check business; no debit or credit cards are accepted but an ATM is available in the lobby. Organ Stop Pizza is located at 1149 E. Southern Avenue in Mesa. For more information, visit www.organstoppizza.com or call 480.813.5700.
About the Child Crisis Center: The Child Crisis Center (the Center) now operates a 42-bed emergency shelter for abused or neglected children ages 0 – 11 years old. During their stay at the shelter, children attend school, receive tutoring, participate in field trips and activities and see Master’s level counselors that specialize in 0 – 11-year-old victims of trauma. The Center also offers adoption and foster care services to recruit, train, license and support foster and adoptive parents and families. At the Family Resource Center (FRC), families have the opportunity to attend courses designed to strengthen families and keep children and families healthy and self-sufficient. The Center also operates a family and child counseling program that helps children and families cope with trauma and strengthen family relationships. For more information go to www.childcrisis.org.