Entertainer Al Lambert shares a patriotic tune as Islanders gather on behalf of the Kids Against Cancer Pediatric Oncology Center at Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Blaze Pizza, New Dorp, drew traffic for both its food and generosity during a recent multi-organization fundraiser.
The event – organized by the eatery, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce – was held on behalf of the Kids Against Cancer Pediatric Oncology Center at Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health.
The daylong fundraiser Oct. 24 concluded with an evening networking event that attracted supporters of the children’s cancer center, including members of YPN, SIBOR and the Chamber, and local entrepreneurs and SIUH Northwell Health employees.
“It was a pleasure to see the people from the participating organizations working in tandem. Blaze Pizza was the appropriate venue because they already have streamlined the fundraising process,” said Realtor Richard Dun, YPN chairman-elect and chair of the fundraising event.
During the day, participating patrons presented a special flyer when they ordered their food, resulting in 30 percent of their tab being earmarked by Blaze for the hospital.
The evening portion of the fundraiser provided an “event with an event” networking opportunity for patrons, local business owners and family members, including children. The gathering kicked off with a heartwarming rendition of “America the Beautiful,” performed by singer and entrepreneur Al Lambert.
About Blaze Pizza
Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint,” serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. With fans lining up each day for their custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies, the innovative fast-casual concept has quickly become one of the hottest restaurant chains in the country.
Blaze Pizza in New Dorp, Staten Island, and all Blaze Pizza restaurants, feature an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, “clean” ingredients – all for about $8.
The generously sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.
The restaurants make fresh dough from scratch using a proprietary recipe developed by Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air crisp crust.
For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.
The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes, thoughtful interior design, and a service culture that celebrates individuality. Recently named ‘#1 Brand of the Year’ in the 2017 Fast Casual Top 100, the fast-growing chain currently operates 245 restaurants in 35 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Las Vegas, Boston, and Toronto. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels), the concept is backed by private equity firm Brentwood Associates and founding investors that include LeBron James, Maria Shriver, movie producer John Davis and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. For more information, visit www.blazepizza.com or www.facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video.
About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)
Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest professional and trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.
SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.
Comprised of more than 2,000 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.
SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 5,000 real estate transactions every year.
All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
About the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce was established in 1895 by a small group of Staten Island merchants and professionals “to promote the general business interests of Staten Island.” Since then, it has grown into the largest business organization on Staten Island representing nearly 700 separate businesses and 20,000 employees. Every major industry sector is represented in the Chamber’s membership, with businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” stores to large public corporations.