Domino’s brings plenty of pizzas to people in need
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Domino’s delivers – often to the front lines of a disaster.
The Roaring Fork Valley’s three Domino’s Pizza locales, located in Aspen, El Jebel and Glenwood Springs, have taken on a few extra orders this summer. When fire ravaged West Glenwood in June, firefighters and evacuated residents were treated to upward of 400 complimentary pizzas. For last week’s wildfire in Missouri Heights, the pizza chain was quick to send nearly 100 pies to volunteers.
For the most part, the freebies came courtesy of the owner of the three stores: Basalt resident Mark Campisi. The longtime business owner said the donations were all a part of Domino’s philosophy.
“We do a lot of community involvement. It’s just a big part of our everyday program,” said Campisi, who has owned the stores since 1997. “We give away so many pizzas to different groups in towns up and down the valley, not just in Aspen or Basalt.”
Campisi said his stores have had a long-standing relationship with the Basalt Fire Department, and Domino’s often supplies congratulatory meals to firefighters at the end of a long work day.
When the Coal Seam fire flared up unexpectedly, it seemed natural to send a few extra pies to those affected most. Campisi said the Red Cross petitioned area restaurants for donations, and he wanted to make a generous contribution to their cause.
“We were up at CMC [where evacuated residents were placed], and we gave a lot to people at Two Rivers Park [the fire-fighting teams’ headquarters],” he said. “We also sent a bunch down to some of the guys at the Best Western Antlers.”
The Glenwood Springs store turned out 400 to 450 pizzas over a four-day period to cater to everyone involved with fire-fighting efforts, Campisi said. Evacuees who came to the store were also treated to free eats.
“Domino’s as a whole encourages it, but I just personally believe you have to be part of the community,” he said.
Store employees and managers arrived early and stayed well past their shifts to handle the extra work, Campisi said, and were still able to handle the extra orders from their regular customers.
“We can handle so much volume. Everyone just chipped in,” he said.
Domino’s employees chipped in again last week when a short-lived fire leveled four homes in Missouri Heights. This time, the El Jebel store began taking on extra work. Janet Shafer, El Jebel store manager, said her store turned over 100 pies to the Red Cross last week as the Panorama fire hit its peak.
Shafer said she wasn’t surprised by Campisi’s willingness to help a second collection of firefighters and victims.
“He’s really big in the community,” she said.
Though the Domino’s chain has compensated Campisi for the cost of some of the pizza used this summer, Shafer said he will have to absorb some of the cost.
Campisi credits help from his employees – especially his managers, Shafer in El Jebel and Ray Dimas in Glenwood Springs – for turning out the extra pies. With their help, Domino’s could be ready to take on the next disaster – after all, a few Glenwood Springs residents have been displaced by mudslides.
“If anybody needs anything, all they have to do is call,” Campisi said.
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