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Press Release – Fundraiser at Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria

August 24, 2011

From an Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria press release….

Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria Hosting All Day Fundraiser Benefiting Two Local Charities

Oshtemo and Portage, MI- Kalamazoo continues to bring new ideas and ways of building community with a focus on giving back. Next Tuesday, August 30th there will be an all day fundraiser at both locations of Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria benefiting two local charities, You & Improved L3C founded and led by Erika Jackson of Kalamazoo, with a focus on women’s empowerment and domestic violence issues and New Horizon Learning Center led by Director Katrina Goodall, a children and family educational center under Phoenix Properties’ LIFT Foundation. These 2 organizations have been selling first aid kits through the RightResponse fundraising program and they have until the end of the month to raise $800 among nearly $2,000 in fundraising with a Zip Bag Backpack Summer effort led by 4 additional local charities. Scott Spicer, Fundraising Specialist and Senior Partner of Spicer’s Consulting developed this concept for Tuesday’s event with Erika Jackson and the support of a few other local small business owners in the community. “This is our own grass roots version of traditional Applebee’s and Bennigan’s fundraisers which provides an added benefit to our local businesses, supports great causes and reinforces the new revolutionary model that the RightResponse fundraising program has to offer,” said Spicer.

Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria has a strong reputation for delivering award winning food, in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Erbelli’s owner, Greg Erb consistently supports local efforts to build community and his willingness to work with these causes is a key sign of that. “I enjoy opportunities to support new ideas which help us to promote them and the type of business we strive to achieve in the Kalamazoo area,” said Erb. Erika and Katrina are excited to take part in this new idea bringing local business and charity together for the good of our community. “This event will help us so much in reaching our goal as we need the funds to sustain our organization and we often have limited time outside of all the work we do to serve children and families in our community,” said Goodall. Reservations are being accepted through this Friday to receive a free first aid kit for your table. Please contact Scott Spicer to make your reservation. A copy of the event flyer can be downloaded at this link: Erbelli’s Gourmet Pizzeria is located in Osthemo at 6214 Stadium Drive 269-375-0408 and in Portage at 8342 Portage Rd. 269-327-0200.

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