Raise some dough for Boys & Girls Club through Domino’s fundraiser

March 10, 2010
Santa Paula News

If you want to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of thr Santa Clara Valley and have a delicious meal at the same time think about a pizza, specifically Domino’s Pizza.


“Let’s raise some dough for the Boys and Girls Club!” said Sam Hishmeh of Hishmeh Enterprises, which operates sixteen Domino’s Pizza restaurants in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

What “Sam Hishmeh Let’s Raise Some Dough for the Boys and Girls Club!” effort will do is donate $1 to an area club for every 16-inch pizza ordered March 15 through March 31.

The donation will go to the Boys and Girls Club of the city you place your order in.

That means that every order placed at the Santa Paula or the Fillmore Domino’s - already two of Hishmeh’s top five performing stores - will mean a $1 will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley.

In recent months the club has been struggling through a financial crisis.

Hishmeh, the former Chairman of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, was recently appointed Chairman of the City of Santa Paula Economic Development Committee, also is past Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley Director.

“I’m very aware of the club’s needs and the lack of funding they’re going through now. I’m also very aware they closed a number of clubhouses, which bothers me a lot. I would like to see the club become financially healthy,” and the Domino’s fundraiser is a “win-win for both of us.”

In November then club Executive Director Doug Caldwell gave 24-hour notice to families that all clubhouses in Santa Paula and Fillmore would close. The club’s Board of Directors stated the move had been announced without their knowledge and placed Caldwell on administrative leave. Subsequently, Interim Executive Director Sheila Tate announced that although several clubhouses would be closed, Club Kids would still have local locations where they could continue to enjoy club programs and activities.

Hishmeh said the “Beauty of this fundraiser is it’s really simple ... all the customer has to do is order; there’s no need for a special coupon, to show up on a certain day or time. All they have to do is order March 15 to March 31 and donations will be generated automatically,” by the computerized registers.

In addition, Domino’s staff has been instructed to suggest that customers order an extra-large 16-inch pizza to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

“It will raise awareness of our clubs just by Domino’s staff asking,” if they want to order the upgrade to generate the $1 donation. 

“The bright side of what happened in the last few months,” said Hishmeh, “is it has raised awareness of our clubs, the value of what they provide to our kids and the need the club has now.”

“Sam Hishmeh Let’s Raise Some Dough for the Boys and Girls Club!” is the perfect blend of pizza dough and the dough needed by the club serving hundreds of Santa Clara River Valley kids.





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