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Redskins Serve Pizza, Sign Autographs for Charity

By Aaron Wyche, Viva Loudoun
Original Article – January 4, 2015

Sterling, VA (Jan. 4, 2015) – During the holiday season, it’s not uncommon to witness a line of hundreds of people camped outside a storefront eagerly awaiting it’s doors to open.   Although, with no major electronic chains or retail superstores to anchor the Cascades Marketplace in Sterling, VA, a barricaded street to accommodate such a line that wrapped around the building may spark one’s curiosity.

Pictured from left to right: Isaako Aaitui, Alfred Morris, Kedric Golston, Waleed Zarou, Logan Paulsen, Trent Murphy, Spencer Long.

Pictured from left to right: Isaako Aaitui, Alfred Morris, Kedric Golston, Waleed Zarou, Logan Paulsen, Trent Murphy, Spencer Long.

 

On a mild mid-December evening such an event took place.  The draw of the evening was pizza; not just any pizza, but Dons’ Wood Fired Pizza served by Washington Redskins players!   This year’s servers were Redskin favorites, Alfred Morris, Kedric Golston, Logan Paulsen, Shawn Lauvao, Trent Murphy, Spencer Long,
and Isaako Aaitui.  

Kedric Golston seasoning one of the close to 300 pizzas served during the benefit.

Kedric Golston seasoning one of the close to 300 pizzas served during the benefit.

The free Christmas dinner was sponsored to support the Open Heart Foundation, an organization whose mission is to help impoverished people improve their quality of life through academic, vocational and spiritual training.  Open Heart uses the “teach a man to fish” philosophy to help people around the world obtain a better education, learn job skills and become business owners.  Contributions have led to the establishment of 40 churches and a K-12 vocational school system across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Calvary Temple Ministries performed a parade and performance to entertain patrons prior to the pizza and autographs.

Calvary Temple Ministries entertained the patrons with a parade and performance prior to the pizza and autograph session.

The evening’s host and owner of Dons’, Waleed Zarou has sponsored this benefit for 6 years now.  “I believe in directing one’s energies upwards,” Zarou said. “With so many blessings, it’s (our) responsibility to give back to both empower and impact the community.”  Asked how he got the Redskins involved, Zarou shared, “Kedric and I became friends through our spiritual community.   He loved the idea and it sold itself amongst his peers.”  Said Zarou, “these players are considered role models in our community, and though each of their reasons to participate may differ, they too believe in the impact of community service.”

To learn more about Open Heart please visit, www.openheartsinternational.org.  In addition to financial donations, print and electronic vocational training resources are gladly accepted.

Pictures from the 2014 Christmas Dinner

For those who were at our Christmas Dinner, please have a look at the photos from the event.

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2014 Christmas Dinner

2014 Free Christmas Dinner

Redskin Players Serve Pizza, Sign Autographs at Charity Event

Alfred Morris Serves Pizza

Redskin Players Serve Pizza, Sign Autographs at Charity Event by Mike Stancik, Loudoun Times Mirror – December 23, 2013

With the Washington Redskins struggling with a less than stellar record, it isn’t necessarily providing much hope on the field during the holiday season. But off the field, players are still taking advantage of every opportunity to give back to the fanbase that has supported them unconditionally.

A fine example of this was evident at The Dons’ Wood-Fired Pizza in Sterling on Dec. 17, as several players were on hand to serve free pizza and sign autographs.

“It’s the holiday season, so it means even more to give back to the community as players,” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “These people support us all year, regardless of our record, so tonight is the least we can do to show our gratitude.”

Hundreds of fans showed up on a chilly night to eat some tasty, albeit free pizza while also getting the chance to interact with the players that are shown on their televisions on Sundays. Kerrigan, Alfred Morris, Will Montgomery, Kedric Golston, and Kirk Cousins were all in attendance.

“Being in things like this during the holiday season, everyone wants to help out in any kind of way,” Golston explained. “I met Waleed about 8 years ago and I enjoy partnering with him for a great and noble cause. I love having my teammates out here as well, it’s definitely a blessing,”

Waleed Zarou, the manager of The Dons’, has been running this specific event for five years now. It all started with a strong friendship between Golston and Zarou, who said they gave out a record number of pizzas this year.

Kirk Cousins Signs Autographs

“These [players] are considered heroes in our society in many ways, they’re looked up to, and they know that,” Zarou said. “They use that platform to serve others, and these guys are great examples of that. When they’re having fun, others are having fun, and you can just feel that feeling in the air tonight.”

This year, the event was designed to support the Open Heart Foundation, an organization that Zarou and fellow businessmen have been running for about a year. The foundation’s mission is to continue to develop an educational system as well as a church system in western Africa, a place Zarou has been visiting for 14 years. 40 churches have already been established and a K-through-12 schooling system has been put in place.

While that project is a work in progress, the immediate goal of providing Redskin fans with a memorable event was a clear success. For players like Morris, who has been at nearly every charity event this season, it means a lot to interact with the fans that wear his No. 46.

“To be honest, I get as much out of it as all of these people,” Morris said candidly. “Even with our record being what it is, tonight shows how much impact we can have on the community.”

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2013 Christmas Dinner

2013 Dons Christmas DInner

August 27th, Free Appetizer of your Choice with the Purchase of Famiglia Pizza!

Tuesday, August 27th – Buy any Famiglia 1 topping or more pizza and get ANY Appetizer of your choice for FREE.
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August 19th, Receive a Large Canolli dessert for free with the purchase of Medio Pizza!

Monday, August 19th – Buy any Medio 1 topping or more pizza and get a delicious Large Canolli dessert for free!

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August 13th – Free Solo Salad with the purchase of any Famiglia 1 topping or more pizza!

Tuesday, August 13th Choose any of your favorite Famiglia 1 topping or more pizza and receive any choice solo salad to share – FREE.
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Monday, August 5th – $1 per slice of pizza, all day!

Monday, August 5th – ALL DAY SPECIAL! $1 per slice of pizza! Can’t do better than that!

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