Published on November 8th, 2012 | by Annie's35
Tales from the Tour, Part 2: a Family Tradition, a Good Cause and a Pizza Night Giveaway!
Our Slice of Happiness Tour is back on the road, sharing slices of our rising crust pizza with fans across America. And no road trip would be complete without some fun detours along the way — so, we asked YOU to tell us where to go. And you did!
For our first two detours, we made a couple of surprise visits to hungry athletes in Arvada, CO and curious students Des Moines, IA.
Our next detours took us to Downers Grove, IL to help one family celebrate a special autumn tradition; and to New Paltz, NY, to try hopping a mile in someone else’s shoes.
Lauren Baratta-Cooper’s family welcomes Fall every year with an all-day celebration at her aunt’s home in Downers Grove, IL (a suburb of Chicago).
Lauren’s whole family (there’s a lot of them!) are huge Annie’s fans (mac and cheesers 4 life!), and when she read about our detour stops, she thought, “Why not?”
You know how meeting some people feels like you’ve known them forever? It’s easy to get a little homesick when you’re on the road, and spending time with Lauren’s generous, fun-loving family felt a little home. We had a blast carving pumpkins, and sharing stories and some tasty pizza with them.
Our next detour request came with a lot of conviction… from 13 different fans! So we knew there was no way we could leave New York without a visit to State University of New York, New Paltz, where students were holding a one-mile run in support of St. Jude’s Up ’til Dawn, a fundraising program in which teams of students across the country compete in an all-night challenge for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Faith Hassell (above right), one of those 13 SUNY New Paltz students to reach out to us, said:
“We do this for the kids. The kids that dream of getting to go to college like we all do or did; the kids that dream of riding a bike; the kids that dream of being doctors and researchers; the kids that just want to see a day outside of the hospital. Every little bit helps and having your Pizza Truck stop by would be an amazing addition to our event.”
Well, we wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Well, kind of…
It’s time for us to get back on the road. But first — get YOUR Slice of Happiness. We’re giving away an exclusive Annie’s Pizza prize pack, full of everything you need for an awesome Pizza Night!
WANT TO WIN IT?
Tell us in the comment section below: if you could walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be? This time, we’ll choose TWO winners at random and announce them in our next Detour blog post!
In our first Detour report from the road, we asked YOU to tell us your most memorable road trip. We received so many wonderful submissions of great stories we’d love to hear around the campfire sometime. Thank you all for your awesome submissions!
AND THE WINNER OF OUR FIRST PIZZA NIGHT GIVEAWAY IS… London Ingoglia!
Thanks for following along, and be sure to check back here for more of our adventures from the road!