Patxi's Pizza may still be new to Denver, but the San Francisco-based pie shop celebrates its tenth anniversary today. With three locations in Denver, the pizzeria known for classic Chicago-style stuffed pizza is bringing its charitable program to the Mile High City as part of the anniversary festivities.
Co-founders Bill Freeman and Francisco "Patxi" Azpiroz they started the 52 Weeks of Giving program in November 2010 to structure all of the fundraising every store was doing in each community. The goal of the program is to provide community support to organizations who share Patxi's passion for education and children's health and welfare.
To date, the program has raised more than $440,444 for partner organizations with that shared mission. So far this year, Patxi's has raised over $125,167 through 196 events. "We are so proud of this program," Freeman said. "It is so important to us to give back and be an active participant in our communities."
In Denver, Patxi's Cherry Creek hosted a community giving event benefitting Denver City Lacrosse on Monday. Today, the Kent Place location is raising funds for Children's Diabetes Foundation of Denver while the 17th Street location does the same for Mending Faces.