Home Slice Carnival O’ Pizza Charity: Austin Habitat Young Professionals

Posted in Carnival O' Pizza by Tara Bouley on October 15, 2010

To celebrate our fifth anniversary and give back to the community that has made Home Slice one of Austin’s favorite eateries, we are holding our annual Carnival-O-Pizza on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 12 to 7 PM. We are happy to announce all proceeds from the carnival will directly benefit Habitat Young Professionals.

Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of Austinites formed to significantly contribute to the mission of Austin Habitat for Humanity: through faith in action, to build homes in partnership with families and engage our community to end the cycle of poverty housing.

Austin’s HYP independently raises enough money to build one home a year for an Austin family, while still dedicating volunteer hours to other Austin Habitat homes. Since 2007, they have built four homes! The selected family builds the home right alongside the volunteers, with a minimum of 400 hours of “sweat equity.” Getting to actually build parts of your home is cool. I instills a level pride in your home, through hands on effort,  few of us in this modern day get to experience.

“We’re really excited to be working with Habitat Young Professionals this year. It’s a cool feeling that the money we raise at our best Carnival yet will be put toward a real, tangible home in Austin, ” says Home Slice Pizza owner Jen Strickland. “In addition to giving their time leading up to the carnival for planning and design, the Home Slice staff also wants to volunteer to help build the house!”

Stephanie Fisher, HYP’s 2011 Chairwoman, agrees it’s a good fit.  “HYP is very excited to be a part of this year’s Home Slice Carnival O’ Pizza.  As an organization focused on helping families with affordable housing,” says Fisher, “we are thrilled to benefit from an event designed to bring families together in the spirit of playful irreverence.”

So, where did the idea for the carnival come from? Why does Home Slice do it?

The idea for the carnival came from a desire to recreate the best parts of Coney Island, the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy and co-owners Jen Strickland and Terri Hannifin’s childhood memories of block carnivals in support of different charities. Home Slice continues the grassroots tradition of neighborhood carnivals, along with events celebrating the art of hand-tossed pizza: a state-wide pizza tossing contest and a pizza eating competition.

Held in our backyard at 1415 South Congress Avenue, the carnival promises fun for all ages with games, carnival-style booths, raffles, live music, Photo Booth, beer (lots!), pizza (obviously) and serious contests including the Hands on an Eggplant Sub contest which ran last year for an incredible 31 hours.

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