Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, an Arizona nonprofit, have teamed 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, the restaurant donates $1 to support SARRC programs for Arizonans with autism. Since the program was launched in August 2021, the fundraising partnership has raised $9,500 through quarter three of 2022.
This Picazzo dessert is no ordinary chocolate chip cookie; it is served warm in a skillet and topped with 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,” Operations Manager and Partner Chris Disney said in a press release. “When we connected with SARRC earlier this year, we identified several ways we can work together and give back.”
“We’re extremely grateful Picazzo’s chose to partner with and select SARRC in their Chip in for Autism campaign,” SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden said in the release. “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.”