May 29, 2014 |

Patxi’s Pizza — Celebrating 10 years of community giving

By Pizza Today

52-Weeks of Giving Program on track to break records

(San Francisco, Cailf.) Patxi’s Pizza, the Bay Area brand famous for classic Chicago-style stuffed pizza and authentic Italian thin crust, celebrates its 10th Anniversary on June 4 with celebrations around town, food and drink specials, contests and more.

Aside from serving delicious classic Chicago-style stuffed pizza and authentic Italian thin crust for the past 10-years, Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced pah-cheese. ‘t’ before ‘x’), has been most proud of serving each community of which they are a part.

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; on track for more than a 66% increase from $166,620 in 2013 ($83,000 raised in 2012; $55,000 in 2011).

“We are so proud of this program,” says co-founder and CEO Bill Freeman. “It is so important to us to give back and be an active participant in our communities. We’re also excited to expand the scope of our program with an exciting partnership and scholarship program with the Buck Institute. We’ll be making a formal announcement later this spring.”

52 Weeks of Giving Events All Week Long in Every Community

In celebration of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, Patxi’s will host events all week long at nearly every Patxi’s location. Visit website for details:
Bay Area:
Monday, June 2, Patxi’s Fillmore: Presidio YMCA
Monday, June 2, Patxi’s Hayes Valley: Oakes Children’s Center
Monday, June 2, Patxi’s Lafayette: Boy Scout Troop / Alamo Pack 53
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s Noe Valley: Prevent Blindness Northern California
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s Palo Alto: Lola’s Foundation
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s Livermore: American Cancer Society (Relay for Life)
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s Irving: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Team in Training)
Monday, June 2, Patxi’s Cherry Creek: Denver City Lacrosse
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s Kent Place: Children’s Diabetes Foundation of Denver
Wednesday, June 4, Patxi’s 17th Street: Mending Faces

About Patxi’s 52 Weeks of Giving
Each week, all year long, each of Patxi’s twelve restaurants donates 10% of all sales from one day to their partner organization. This includes sales from dine-in guests for lunch and dinner, carry-out and delivery orders, as well as all catering sales. To ensure each organization has a successful fundraiser, Patxi’s provides marketing support for each organization through exposure on their website and through various social media channels.

  • In 2013, Patxi’s Pizza donated more than $166,620 to partner organizations through a total of 395 fundraising events
  • To date, the program has raised more than $440,444 for partner organizations with their shared mission.
  • Since the program’s inception, Patxi’s has hosted just over 936 individual fundraisers for community organizations, nonprofits and schools.
  • Over 397 community organizations participated in the program in 2013 including a total of 128 local schools and in-school programs; and non-profit organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation (Bay Area and Denver Chapters), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, United Autism Foundation, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Muscular Distrophy Association, and dozens more.
  • Money raised through the program funded programs like a trip to Washington, D.C. for Lincoln High School, a 5th Grade Science Camp for Livermore’s Rancho Las Positas Elementary, and travel for the Team World Finals for Stanley Odyssey of the Mind among many others.
  • The program currently operates through Patxi’s nine Bay Area locations and three Denver locations, and will expand to the Seattle and Santa Barbara markets, totaling 15 locations in 2013
  • Patxi’s goal is to raise $200,000 to benefit charity organizations in 2014

The 52 Weeks of Giving Community Fundraising Program is open to all community organizations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Campbell, San Jose, Livermore and the Tri-Valley Area, the East Bay (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda) and now the Denver area with a focus on education and children’s health and welfare. Interested groups can apply at

Fillmore: 3318 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94123, 415.345.3995
Hayes Valley: 511 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102 , 415.558.9991
Irving: 822 Irving Street San Francisco, CA 94122, 415.759.9000
Noe Valley: 4042 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94114, 415.285.2000
Campbell: 1875 South Bascom Ave, Suite 405, Campbell, CA 95008 The Pruneyard Shopping Center, 408.559.0700
Palo Alto: 441 Emerson Street Palo Alto, CA 94301, 650.473.9999
Lafayette: 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA 94549, 925.299.0700
San Jose: 3350 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA, 95134, 408.526.1999
Livermore: 2470 1st St, Livermore, CA, 94550, 925.371.1000
Cherry Hills: 3455 South University Boulevard, Unit B, Englewood CO, 80113, 303.783.2000
Cherry Creek: 185 Steele Street, Denver, CO, 80206, 303.331.1000
Uptown: 1598 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80218, 303.832.8000
Santa Barbara

Founded in 2004 by two friends, entrepreneur Bill Freeman and pizza expert Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz, Patxi’s Pizza offers authentic Chicago- and Italian-style pizza, featuring two distinct, handcrafted styles of dough, four types of mozzarella and over 30 different fresh meat and veggie toppings (ingredients sourced locally whenever possible).  Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced pah-cheese) is privately owned and operated with a total of 12 locations between the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver, CO. Patxi’s Pizza was ranked #6 in the Food & Beverage Industry by Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Hire Power Companies of 2013 and named among the Top 10 “Most Life-Changing Pizzas” of 2012 by Esquire Magazine. CEO Bill Freeman was recently named one of the “Most-Admired” CEOs in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.

Patxi’s menu features a standout family of pizzas and an array of salads and small plates. Says Executive Chef / Partner Patxi Azpiroz, “Here at Patxi’s we happily renounce stovetops, deep fryers and freezers. Instead we prepare all of our dishes using fresh ingredients, sourced locally when possible.”

In addition to pizza, Patxi’s features an array of small plates great for sharing, including Burrata Bruschetta and the Meatball, which is inspired by a long-time Boston-Italian family recipe and features sustainably raised beef and a Chicago-style Italian sausage braised in a house made tomato sauce and topped with basil and Grana Padano cheese. In lieu of dessert, Patxi’s offers honey for the “bones” or crust of the pizza—the perfect way to enjoy those last remnants of crust after the meal. Guests can also enjoy fresh salads and beverages including a full bar.


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