Eating pizza…for a cause? SIGN ME UP!

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pizza Eating pizza...for a cause? SIGN ME UP!Alright, so I’m not Italian.  But, you’d THINK I am by my taste in food.  I’ll eat ANYTHING Italian…and lots of it!  That’s why I was thrilled to read about a pizza eating charity event in Gilbert on April 11th.  You’ll LOVE this!

Article courtesy of Srianthi Perera at the Arizona Republic:

Only a handful of folks have signed up to eat all the pizza they can for Flancer’s Café’s 10th annual charity contest next week.  “People have a tendency to wait until the last minute. Last year, we had a waiting list at the end,” said Tuni Flancer, who co-owns the Gilbert restaurant with her husband, Jeff.

// Flancer’s Café marks its 10th anniversary with its Pizza Eating Contest, which starts at 11 a.m. April 11.  The person who eats the most pizza in 15 minutes will receive a pizza-shaped crown from Miss Arizona 2009, Savanna Troupe, and $500.  Gilbert Mayor John Lewis will be a “celebrity judge.”  Last year, Chiun “Jimmy” Peng beat 24 others by eating 13 slices.

All that bolting down is for a cause: The contest benefits the Wounded Warrior/Disabled Sports USA, which provides year-round sports programs for severely wounded veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “They reintegrate veterans into regular society by showing them they can still participate in it,” Flancer said. “With the help of special skis, prosthetics and others, they start to feel better about themselves.”  During the past five years, Flancer’s has donated more than $49,500 to the group; last year’s contribution was $20,000. This year’s goal is to top that total.

Local businesses have donated goods and services for a raffle, which is the main way the restaurant raises funds. Norwood Furniture, Meridian Bank, Shamrock Foods and Sky Mountain Limousines have each donated $1,000 in prizes. w Southwest Airlines has donated four round-trip tickets.

The Flancers welcome spectators for what has become a popular contest at the restaurant in the town’s Heritage District. Contestants bring their own “cheering squad.”  “(Inside) It’s packed,” Flancer said. “(Outside) people stand on the patch of earth between the café patio and the road.”

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