Puppies & pizza: Rubicon Pizza raises funds for Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Puppies & pizza: Rubicon Pizza raises funds for Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

After a full year of fundraising, Rubicon Pizza donated $14,000 and Tito’s Vodka donated $2,000 to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. On hand for the presentation of the donations were Kara Carstensen, left, Emily Holmes, Ray Villaman, Mike Phillips, Katie Magestad, Steph Nistler, Carissa Savitsky and Samantha Laroche
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Rubicon Pizza Co. located at the Village at Northstar has given back over $100,000 to local nonprofits over the last decade, according to a news release.

“Each year, Rubicon employees vote for a nonprofit to sponsor,” the release states. “In early 2019 when the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe showed up with two adoptable puppies, along with a strong mission to help pets in and around the Truckee-Tahoe community, the staff melted and knew right away who their chosen nonprofit would be!”

Rubicon and the Humane Society partnered up to sell pizza slices on select dates at the restaurant. In addition to the funds generated by pizza slices, Rubicon staff encouraged guests to give an extra donation on their final bill.

Rubicon also throws a Fall Fundraising Feast each year; a night with an all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet, live music and a raffle. The staff at Rubicon volunteer their time for the evening and all proceeds were donated to the Humane Society.

“It’s very rewarding to be afforded the opportunity to give back to our community,” Rubicon General Manager Mike Phillips said in the release. “The stewardship displayed by The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and other local nonprofits make Truckee a special place to live. ”

Rubicon’s chosen nonprofit was especially lucky this year, when Rubicon’s best-selling Vodka brand, Tito’s, heard about their partnership, it agreed to contribute as well.

After a full year of fundraising, Rubicon Pizza donated $14,000 and Tito’s Vodka donated $2,000.

“It’s been great working with the team at Rubicon Pizza, including both Assistant GM Katie Magestad and General Manager Mike Phillips,” said Erin Ellis, director of community engagement for the Humane Society. “All through 2019, the staff was enthusiastic about raising money for (the Humane Society) and have been great to work alongside. Our volunteers had a great time working the pizza cart as well as the Fall Fundraiser.

“We’ve really enjoyed our experience and are extremely grateful for the funds raised”.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of pets through adoption, community spay/neuter and humane education programs. It was founded in 1994 by a small group of volunteers and have grown to a nationally recognized nonprofit.

Source: Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

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