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A Musical Veterans Day Ice Cream Social at Organ Stop Pizza October 1, 2014

veteran day flagDATE: Tuesday November 11, 2014
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm, doors open at 1:15pm
WHERE: Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa

Enjoy a free concert to celebrate and honor our veterans, with an emphasis on patriotic music and a demonstration/explanation of OSP’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
No food service will be offered other than beverages and ice cream and they will be available to purchase at current menu pricing. Organ Stop Pizza only accepts cash/checks. No debit/credit cards accepted.

RSVP:  480-813-5700 ext. 975 to reserve your space


Honor Mesa Police and Fire at FREE community safety event this Saturday! September 10, 2012


WHO: Organ Stop Pizza and 100 Club of Arizona

WHAT: Safety Fair to Support Local Firefighters and Police

WHEN: September 15, 2012, 2-5pm

WHERE: Organ Stop Pizza
1149 East Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 (SW corner of Southern/Stapley)

CALL: (480) 813-5700


WHY: Join the 100 Club of Arizona, Mesa Police and Fire Departments and Organ Stop Pizza for a Community Safety fair at the Mesa pizza joint on Saturday, September 15th from 2-5p.m. To celebrate the end of a month long competition between police and fire, Organ Stop Pizza will host this free, family-friendly event in their parking lot on the SW corner of Southern and Stapley in Mesa. The public is invited to come out for family fun activities including karaoke, public safety displays and demonstrations, and a chance to test drive a Ford Escape.

At the Fair, the winner of Organ Stop Pizza’s Red vs. Blue Pizza Challenge will be announced. Since August 18, customers have been able to vote for their favorite public safety agency by ordering their choice of four specially designed police and fire pizzas with 20% of proceeds benefiting the 100 Club. The winning pizza will be added to the Organ Stop Pizza menu until the end of October and continue to the benefit the nonprofit organization that provides assistance to the families of fallen and injured officers and firefighters.

With free parking and admission, the Community Fair will feature live entertainment, giveaways, health and safety information and an exciting pizza eating contest between police and fire. In addition, the public can view and explore police and fire vehicles including a police stunt vehicle. Sparky the Mesa Fire dog will be there to interact with families, and Mesa motor officers will offer complimentary check car seats for safety precautions. Police Explorers will be onsite selling popcorn and snow cones to benefit the 100 Club, plus don’t miss out on giveaway treats from Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Organ Stop Pizza is celebrating 40 years in the Valley. Home to the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, the unique pizza restaurant is a favorite entertainment destination for all ages. Along with pizza, they offer pasta, appetizers, a salad bar, ice cream and beer/wine and soft drinks. Everything from Bach to rock is played by professional organist to crowds of up to 700 people every night. They are a cash or check business. No debit or credit cards accepted but an ATM is available in the lobby. For more information, go to or email

The 100 Club of Arizona is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to public safety officers and firefighters when they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and provides resources to enhance their safety and welfare. It was started in 1965, became a 501(c)(3) in 1968, and has given more than $6 million in financial support to Arizona’s men and women who stand behind the badge. For more information, log on to or email




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Famous Dave’s BBQ has teamed up with Fort McDowell Adventures to provide affordable family fun every Friday night. Valley families and groups of friends are invited to Friday Night Franks, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful outdoor evening under the stars. With live music, Native American storytelling, wagon rides, fire pits, horseshoes and affordable BBQ options from Famous Dave’s, you’ll be sure to start your weekend off right. Admission is FREE every Friday night from 5-10 p.m.

This event tie-in with Fort McDowell Adventures is important to the Famous Dave’s name, as Dave Anderson, the founder of Famous Dave’s of America, the legendary BBQ franchise, is Native American. “We felt this partnership would be a great way to show our support of the local Native American community,” said Valley franchisees, John & Romy Erlandson. “Plus, it’s all about good times with family and friends, something we always strive for at our restaurants and in community events we work with.”

Fort McDowell Adventures is located on the spectacular 25,000 acre Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation just east of Scottsdale Arizona. They are the premier outdoor activity and event venue in the state and feature the Sonoran Adventure Center, four unique event venues, and The Wild West Experience. We’ve been hosting groups from around the world for more than 18 years. Address is: 14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264. It is only a 20 minute drive from Scottsdale or Mesa. Take Beeline Highway (87) towards Fountain Hills. Turn North on Hiawatha Hood Rd at the Fort McDowell Adventures sign. For more information, visit or call 480-816-6465.

Having won awards for everything from best sauce to best ribs to best cookbook, Famous Dave’s has received wide acclaim and praise from customers and critics alike. Locally, Famous Dave’s has been recognized multiple times in the media as the Best BBQ restaurant in Phoenix .

There are three Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Valley: In Chandler at 3250 West Frye Road; In Peoria at 16148 North 83rd Avenue and at Mesa Riverview at 1011 Dobson Road. Famous Dave’s offers a full compliment of Catering Services. For information, visit


Eat BBQ to help Military Families July 11, 2008

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Famous Dave’s was my first real PR job when I started my business. I helped them get exposure for the opening of the Peoria location and been working on special projects for the local owner, John Erlandson for years now. He is one of the most community-minded owners I have ever met. He is SO good to the local charities in town and always does what he can to lend a hand. Famous Dave’s may be a “chain” but the owner of the ones in the Valley is completely and totally about the local community. I highly encourage you to support the restaurant and all they do to help the local police, military and other charities in town. This event is a tasty idea for you. Put Famous Dave’s on your calendar for Saturday, July 19th!


The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and Famous Dave’s are teaming up to help Arizona’s Military families in need.

When: Saturday July 19th, 2008

Where: Phoenix-Area Famous Dave’s Restaurants

Why: $5 will be donated for every order of the Famous Dave’s BBQ Tour

Receive a FREE gift for every BBQ Tour ordered!

The Famous Dave’s BBQ Tour consists of three St. Louis-Style Spareribs slathered in Rich & Sassy Sauce, juicy Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, corn-on-the-cob, cornbread muffin, choice of two sides and Strawberry Shortcake.
About the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund:
The Arizona Military Family Relief Fund offers a way to support local families of service members during times of crisis. The fund provides stipends for military families whose loved ones were injured or killed fighting the Global War on Terror. By law, 95% of all donations go directly into the hands of military families in need.

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