Organizations Raising Autism Awareness with Pizza
SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — They say true friends never let you down, they rather lift you up. The Friendship House of Scranton ensures this every day by raising autism awareness with every pizza order.
Pizza by Pappas serves lunch and dinner, and 50% of every sale is donated to the Northeast Regional Autism Center at Friendship House in Scranton.
“We’ve been in business for over 50 years now and the public has always been great with us and for us it’s a way to give back,” said Bill Sheakoski, co-owner of Pizza by Pappas.
“Opening on a Sunday when they usually aren’t and are understaffed, to go out of their way and get this funding for us,” said Lauryn Cleveland, executive director of administration, Friendship House.
Lauryn Cleveland says the organization receives an average of over $10,000 a year, except for 2020.
“This fundraiser is incredible. This helps us maintain our programming and keep pace as we are able to secure better equipment and funding for the children who need the services the most,” said Lauryn Cleveland, Executive Director of the administration, Friendship House.
The Friendship House serves Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. They help 25 people here at home with over 75 in the community.
“We welcome children as young as they are two and a half, early intervention is key and that’s what this program specifically supports,” Cleveland said.
Bill Sheakoski says the restaurant has donated $95,000 since 2010. Fundraising will hit a milestone this year by crossing the $100,000 mark. Companies that place an order for their employees by part of next month will help the Maison de l’Amitié.
“If we have a date available and they are able to order more than 10 pizzas at that time, we will still honor the same,” Bill Sheakoski said.
There were 415 pizzas sold on Sunday. If you are a business and would like to schedule an order, please call 570-346-2290 or email [email protected]