April 14, 2016 |

Gilbert Arizona Man Wins Pizza Eating Contest, Over $30,000 Raised for Charity!

(Gilbert, Ariz.) – Flancer’s Restaurant is no stranger to giving back to the community; in fact, this is the 16th year in a row they are doing their part to spread goodwill to those who need it most. Since startup, Flancer’s has helped raise and donate nearly $300,000 in cash donations to charities.

This year, the annual fundraiser allowed the restaurant to contribute over $10,000 each to the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and WarFighter Sports.

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Winner Matthew Smith ate over large 16 slices in 15 minutes!

The event featured a raffle and other donation opportunities.  The raffle featured $6000 in prizes, including 2 roundtrip tickets anywhere Southwest airlines flies, $1000 in spa treatments, and $1000 cash.  The highlight of the event was a pizza eating contest won by Matthew Smith, who ate 2 large cheese pizzas in 15 minutes. He was crowned by Miss Arizona and the Mayor of Gilbert.

Jeff Flancer says, “In this wonderful world where so many magical and beautiful things happen, there is also desperation and hopelessness. If we can improve the lives of people through our efforts, then good will triumph over evil.”

To learn more about the beneficiaries of the donations visit sunshineacres.org, www.jfcsaz.org/, or www.warfightersports.org.


Flancer’s Gourmet Grub is the East Valley’s premier dining hot spot with two locations for those looking for a fun food experience with character and flair. From mouthwatering items like the Filet Mignon w/ caramelized onions and The Perfect “Prickly” Pear chicken sandwiches to goat cheese bruschetta and green chile mushroom phyllos, guests have access to a range of delicious options for any palate. Opened in 2000, Flancer’s owner and Chef Jeff Flancer applies the expertise of his 30 years in the food industry to every scrumptious dish.


Gilbert Location – (480) 926-9077

610 North Gilbert Road

Gilbert, AZ 85234


Mesa Location – (480) 396-0077

1902 North Higley Road

Mesa, AZ 85205

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