Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen and SARRC are teaming up to raise funds for autism programs, services, and research with a “Chip in for Autism” chocolate chip cookie give-back program. For every chocolate chip cookie sold, we will donate $1 to support SARRC programs for Arizonans with autism. Picazzo’s “Chip in for Autism” fundraising partnership with SARRC officially kicks off on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Wednesday, August 4.
This popular Picazzo’s dessert is no ordinary chocolate chip cookie. It is served warm in a skillet and topped with premium local-made vanilla bean gelato or coconut ice cream and drizzled with a choice of organic chocolate, raspberry, or salted caramel sauce. The dessert is gluten-free and dairy-free, with the exception of the vanilla bean gelato.
“At Picazzo’s we have many regular guests who have family members with autism, so we have been looking for a partnership that would enable our entire team to get involved on a number of levels,” says Picazzo’s Operations Manager and Partner, Chris Disney. “When we connected with SARRC earlier this year, we identified several ways we can work together and give back.”
Picazzo’s is kicking off the partnership with SARRC with the “Chip in for Autism” cookie campaign and plans to expand the partnership in the coming months through group volunteer activities, event participation, and as an Employment Partner through SARRC's Employment Services program¬--aimed at increasing competitive employment opportunities for adults (age 16+) with autism.
“We’re extremely grateful Picazzo’s chose to partner with and selected SARRC in their Chip in for Autism campaign,” said SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D. “Opportunities to team up with community partners who are committed to raising awareness and acceptance of autism is critically important to SARRC’s mission of advancing research and providing a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.”