Satchel's Pizza Employee Relief Fund

Our pizzas are so hot, they set the building on fire!
Small Business
Gainesville, Florida
United States
3 Team Members

Our Story

On Tuesday night, February 28th,  Satchel's Pizza caught fire.   As soon as we saw smoke, we got everyone out of the building and called 911.  The fire department arrived and spent hours hacking at the roof and looking for the fire.  The ceiling in the kitchen has been vaulted so the fire was just creeping around in small cavities looking for air.  The firefighters found the fire. They pumped water in the walls. They saved the place from burning to the ground.  A big thanks to the folks who fought our fire.  Gainesville Fire Department rules! 

This event leaves approximately 50 people unemployed until repairs can be done.  Unemployment compensation pays a fraction of folks wages.  Employees have house payments and kids to support.  We've created this forum for folks to contribute to help the employees pay their bills while we put the kitchen and roof back in order. 

The Impact

You have bills.  You know the deal.  If you lost your job tomorrow, how would you pay the rent?  The community is going nuts wanting to help us. "What can we do?"  "How can we help?"  This is a very real way you can show your support for our pizzeria and for the folks who make it happen every day. 

What We Need & What You Get

We plan to take the last few months of employee income data and distribute any funds we receive in the same manner to the employees. The more you made at Satchel's, the more you will make from this campaign.  if we reach our goal we pay 4% to this site via their guidelines. if we do not reach our goal we pay 9%.  100% of all funds not going to Indie Go Go will go to employees. If you give MORE than our goal, then more money gets to those who work at Satchel's.  Our payroll is about $27,000 every 2 weeks.  We don't know how long we will be closed but we know we will work hard to open as soon as we can. 

Check out the perks for donating.  We will have to get creative on how we give away the rewards so we don't get swamped on day 1.   If you donate we will contact you with a time frame for when you can cash in your reward. We are thinking that we will give out rewards to a certain number of people per week so we aren't overwhelmed.  If you can't make it in that week we will work with you.  We are just a local family business after all. 


Other Ways You Can Help

Maybe you are out of work or tight on funds yourself.  You can still help by sharing this with friends and helping us get the word out.  You can also help by checking our facebook page and coming to see us when we re-open.  Thanks.  The community has been awesome.  Everyone is asking to help and wishing us well.  It warms my heart.  

raised by 695 people in 15 days
188% funded
No time left
$20,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on March 16, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $8USD
    Magnet and Bumper Sticker

    We "salvaged" most of the magnets and bumper stickers. If your lucky, they may be slightly singed and/or have a slightly smokey aroma!

    107 claimed
  • $15USD
    Small Satch Salad

    This light delicious salad put Satchel's on the map and the fireman were nice enough to give all of our lettuce a good thorough rinsing the other night. We didn't even have to ask!

    60 claimed
  • $25USD
    Mama Calzone

    This 4 topping calzone is so good, several customers were seen munching on them in our parking lot while dodging fire hoses and ambulances. Thank goodness no one was hurt!

    78 claimed
  • $35USD
    Large Mama Pizza

    This large 4 topping pizza will feed you and three friends no problem. It will be cooked perfectly. Maybe in a brand new oven? We'll see...

    184 claimed
  • $45USD
    Mama Deep Dish

    This 4 topping deep dish pizza is legit. The fireman actually used one to break through the roof to get to the flames because of its great weight and penetrating power. After breaching the metal roof, the pizza was intact and still delicious!

    64 claimed
  • $100USD
    The Burning Hot Meal Deal

    One Large Mama, a Small Satch Salad, a pitcher of beer or soda and a cookie. This meal is big enough to feed four hungry adults or three tired out firemen!

    114 claimed

    The Ultimate Carrot Cake

    Why is Satchel's so successful? Well it goes back to Satchel's mom. Satchel's mom is like Paula Dean and Rachel Ray plus infinity. When she bakes God stops by to get a slice. She'll make you a carrot cake, or some other cake, and you will never be the same! After you eat it you'll think THIS should be the $1000 perk.

    8 out of 8 claimed

    Menu-Back Baby!

    You know how Satch writes menu-backs about stuff? Well, this perk allows you some menu-back property rights. You'll get with Satch on the details and you can make one about your business or yourself or whatever...(almost whatever...)

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Satchel painting/ collage

    Satchel had his art displayed last month and thank goodness for that. Otherwise he would have been running back and forth into a burning building all night. We recommend that you don't hang this over the fireplace...

    2 out of 3 claimed
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