'Baseball for Babbo' Day of Giving February 29, 2024

Babbo’s Day of Giving fundraising to eliminate Pancreatic Cancer

Babbo Italian Eatery is hosting its third annual Baseball for Babbo Day of Giving event on
February 29th. All eight Valley Babbo Italian Eatery locations will donate 100% of profits made
that day to help Seena Magowitz Foundation raise funds for a pancreatic cancer clinical at
Medical College of Wisconsin in partnership with HonorHealth Research Institute. In addition,
Babbo and Roger E. Magowitz, the founder and CEO of the Seena Magowitz Foundation, will
each match funds raised up to $50,000.

This event is foremost a loving tribute to the founder of Babbo Italian Eatery, the late Ken
Pollack. Ken was a passionate baseball fan who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in late 2022.
Babbo means ‘daddy’ in Italian and Ken was that leading figure to his staff and loved ones.
“My dad lived by the philosophy, ‘If you give you will get, and if you get you should give,’” said
Ken’s daughter and Marketing Director of Babbo Italian Eatery, Taylor Schultz. “Babbo’s annual
Day of Giving is one way we choose to honor his legacy and live by this shared value.”
Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths with an increasing five-year
survival rate of 13%. In 2001, the five-year survival rate for this dreadful disease was only 5.2%.
The Seena Magowitz Foundation aims to eliminate pancreatic cancer, maximize awareness,
and extend the quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients.

“In the battle against pancreatic cancer, every step forward is a triumph,” said Magowitz. “In our
quest for a cure, we stand united with Babbo Italian Eatery and the local community to rewrite
the narrative of this aggressive illness.”

How You Can Contribute

Dine with Us: Enjoy our innovative Italian cuisine knowing a portion of your bill
supports a noble cause. Please go to www.babboitalian.com for a location near you.

Donate here. Your donation will go towards funding a much needed clinical trial and
is 100% tax deductible.

Buy a Raffle ticket to win a unique item here. $25 per ticket, $50 for 3, $75 for
5, or $100 for 10 raffle tickets

Raffle includes authenticated signed baseballs from Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Cody
Bellinger, and Bob Gibson; baseball bat by Hank Aaron; signed photos of Willie Mays,
Reggie Jackson, Hank Aaron, and Pete Rose, signed "Say Hey" Autobiography of Willie
Mays, signed "The Life, The Legend" biography of Willie Mays. Taylor
Swift autographed CD insert, Mike Tyson autographed boxing glove, and a chance for
a Diamondbacks Infield Box Seats set of 4 for a 2024 Home game.

Bid on our exclusive Silent Auction here. Items include:

  • D-Backs Suite at one 2024 AZ Diamondbacks regular home game at Chase Field March-May – Valued over $3,000
  • Joe DiMaggio & Ted Williams Signed 11×14 Photo PSA Authenticated – valued over $600
  • Mickey Mantle Autographed Artwork from the 1953 Topps Card Framed, Numbered 334/450
    w/ PSA Authentication- Valued over $750
  • Mickey Mantle Signed Baseball w/ PSA Authentication – Valued Over $1,000
  • Joe DiMaggio Signed Baseball w/ PSA Authentication – Valued Over $1,000
  • Mike Trout Single Signed Baseball w/ PSA Authentication – Valued Over $500

Prizes donated by Memory Lane Inc. and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Babbo’s and The Seena Magowitz Foundation will also be hosting an event February 29th for
patients, caregivers in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area; and the doctors, nurse navigators at
HonorHealth that are on the front lines working to eliminate Pancreatic Cancer. Please contact
Miranda for more information at Miranda@seenamagowitzfoundation.org

About Babbo's Italian Eatery

Babbo’s Italian Eatery, a local family-owned restaurant chain, demonstrated its community spirit and commitment to charitable causes by hosting a fundraising event dedicated to pancreatic cancer research. This event, in memory of the eatery’s late founder Ken Pollack, took place across all eight of Babbo’s locations. By donating all profits from this special day, Babbo’s Italian Eatery showcased its dedication to supporting important health causes, especially pancreatic cancer research. The initiative was not only a tribute to Pollack, who was a central figure in the company, but also a reflection of the restaurant’s core values of community involvement and giving back. The locations of Babbo’s Italian Eatery are as follows:

  1. Arrowhead: 20211 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308
  2. Cave Creek: 29455 N Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
  3. Goodyear: 14952 W McDowell Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
  4. Mesa: 10726 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85209
  5. Phoenix: 6855 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  6. Power Ranch: 18521 E Queen Creek Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
  7. Scottsdale: 8840 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
  8. Surprise: 15609 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374

The Pollack Family Legacy Award

Ken Pollack, the founder of Babbo’s Italian Eatery, left a profound legacy in the fight against pancreatic cancer following his passing in December of 2022. A passionate individual both in his professional life and personal interests, particularly baseball, Pollack’s battle with pancreatic cancer inspired the establishment of significant fundraising initiatives. His memory and influence live on through the efforts of Babbo’s Italian Eatery, which has been instrumental in raising substantial funds for pancreatic cancer research. The restaurant’s commitment to this cause, deeply rooted in honoring Pollack’s legacy, has made a meaningful impact in the ongoing battle against this challenging disease.