One day, a customer walked into Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia and asked to pre-purchase a slice of pizza for a homeless person who didn’t have $1.

Now, all customers have the option to buy a $1 slice for themselves and pay another $1 to underwrite the cost of a slice for someone in need.

“[The donation process] has grown very organically from there,” says Mason Warman founder and owner of the restaurant.

The program—which has been going on for a little more than a year—has grown so large, that each day about 30 to 40 people donate $1 for someone in need. Those that make a donation than write a message on a Post-It Note, which is then stuck to the shop’s wall. The restaurant was even featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ show—she presented him with a $10,000 check.

“I was very flattered that the Ellen show thought my story was interesting enough to feature on her show and to contribute money towards,” says Warman. “It’s a great validation for our work.”

Those wishing to use the restaurant as a catering option for their next event are in luck. Rosa’s offers one of the most affordable options in the city with $8 per pizza and $2 per toppings, which include mushrooms, pepperoni and beef sausage—other toppings can be purchased in advance.  

Theodore Iwachiw has been appointed executive chef at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. In this role he’ll lead all food and beverage operations on property. Most recently, Iwachiw led the opening of Live!

 

After a nationwide search that began in May, Andrew Ortale has been named chief sales officer for VisitPITTSBURGH.  Ortale’s appointment makes a return to Pittsburgh for the seasoned industry veteran who has more than 20 years of domestic and international event experience. He previously served as national sales director for VisitPITTSBURGH before taking on a senior sales position with Visit Orlando.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to kassidy.tarala@tigeroak.com.

Ross Fatemi was recently appointed the new director of sales & marketing of Arthouse.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?