Taste-test Ann Arbor pizzas while supporting a good cause this Friday

Youth Impact members prepare afterschool this week for Friday’s fundraiser.

By Tara Cavanaugh 

Taste test pizzas from Ann Arbor pizzerias and support a good cause. It’s a win-win, right?

More like a win-win-win-win. The Take Heart Association benefits from the donations, local pizza restaurants benefit from the promotion, you benefit from delighting in as much pizza as possible, and Youth Impact benefits from another successful fundraiser.

Youth Impact is the student group at Huron High School that is organizing the event on Friday from 6-9 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The cost is $5 for college and younger students to enter, and $10 for everyone else. Dominoes, Hello Faz, Giardinos, City’s Pizza, NeoPapalis and Pizza House are contributing pizzas. 

Andy Hsaio is the Huron junior responsible for creating the group Youth Impact. Fundraising is something of a hobby for Andy, who created a t-shirt fundraiser for victims of last year’s tsunami and earthquake in Japan, and also a benefit concert in June featuring Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan professors and students from Pioneer, Huron and Skyline.

Despite his knack for creative and successful fundraising, no, Andy doesn’t know what he plans to be when he grows up. And yes, he gets asked that question like all the time.

Youth Impact founder Andy Hsaio with teacher advisor Tim Krohn.
Youth Impact founder Andy Hsaio with teacher advisor Tim Krohn.

For now, Andy is more excited about his new student group, which has more than 50 members, and tomorrow’s fundraiser.

The event will feature a live text-to-vote system so attendees can see in real time on a projector which pizza is the most popular. Dr. Ann James Boyd will offer a brief presentation on the Take Heart Association, which provides surgery and support for children in Kenya and East Africa suffering from heart defects and disease.

Youth Impact will also offer a short presentation about its unique goal: the group not only puts on its own fundraisers, but also makes itself available for other student groups’ charitable efforts. It’s kind of like a pop-up fundraising kit in a box. “We won’t take over any fundraiser,” Andy says, “but we’ll help someone who needs to get started and make a plan.”

Speaking of plans, you should probably plan to get to Huron’s cafeteria early tomorrow night. For more information, see the group’s Facebook event.

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