Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- As state lawmakers prepare for Tuesday's special session to overhaul the department formerly known as Child Protective Services, we found a Valley business trying to help Arizona's vulnerable families.

"We've been in Mesa for over 40 years now and I grew up in Mesa as well," said Jack Barz, co-owner of Organ Stop Pizza. "And every summer we give back a little to some of the local folks in the area that could really use our help and acknowledgement".

On Saturday, Organ Stop will hold a Musical Hero Luncheon and give the public to learn about the Child Crisis Center in Mesa. Since opening in 1981, the center has provided safe shelter to more than 13,000 children, most of them homeless or coming from domestic violence situations.

"They also have a tremendous family resource center and a lot of people don't know that they can actually go and get free parenting classes and help on how to raise their kids if they're having difficulties," said Barz.

For $5 and a gift for a child up to age 11, Organ Stop will provide all the salad, pizza and soda you want, plus live organ music. Gifts can be bottles, sippy cups, diapers, DVDs, toys, blankets and clothes. Or you can skip the gift and buy a $10 ticket with $5 going to the Child Crisis Center. For more information, go to

Christina Estes, Reporter

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.