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Lawrence pizza restaurant to donate all sales and tips to Oklahoma City tornado relief effort


I know there have been lots of folks in Lawrence doing various projects or fundraisers to help the victims of the tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. Well, here’s another one and this one involves an opportunity to stuff your gut full of pizza and to break out your best New York accent.

Morningstar’s New York Pizza, 4931 W. Sixth St., will donate the proceeds from all of its Tuesday sales to The Salvation Army in Oklahoma City. In addition, staff members at the restaurant have agreed to donate all their tips for the day to the effort.

Roger Morningstar, the former KU basketball player who opened the store at Sixth and Wakarusa, said he wanted to make sure people understood this wasn’t an “after expenses” type of donation. He said, for example, if a person orders $50 worth of pizza and tips the server $10, all $60 will be shipped to The Salvation Army in OKC.

All that is left for me to do now is practice my New York accent. I think when my wife asks me to take out the trash tonight, I’ll say : “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

Look for me at Tuesday’s fundraiser. I’ll be the guy gumming my pizza.


justcause 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much Roger and Linda! What an awesome gesture!!


Steven Gaudreau 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Great pizza and a great gesture. Many businesses donate "profits" which end up being pennies on the dollar and nothing more then cheap advertising since the news advertises the business for free. This is 100% donation. I'm sure some negative comments will be made but the bottom line is this could end up costing Roger thousands of dollars and there are cheaper ways to advertise. Thank you Morningstar family for your kindness.


sturgen 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I do appreciate the effort but i would prefer that my donations go to a less bigoted "charity" like the Red Cross. Good on them anyhow.


Noweigh 10 months, 2 weeks ago

thanks to Morningstar's NY Pizza for showing compassion and community spirit. Will plan on getting food from them today for sure. I would hope other communities would do the same for us, should that awful situation ever arise.


Jeanette Kekahbah 10 months, 2 weeks ago

yeah goodwill with jeans priced $10 a pair in their stores and doctors without borders who perform female circumcisions in several african countries...right on, q_ball, those are some real non-discriminating organizations.


q_ball2kand1 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I appreciate the intention of this fundraiser, however I wish Morningstar’s had chosen a non-discriminating organization.

I would invite people to save their pizza craving for Wednesday and then make a donation to the Goodwill, Red Cross, or Doctors without Borders.


jane_doe 10 months, 2 weeks ago

That is exciting! I was just craving some pie from them! I'll make sure to order.


jackpot 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If you get out of LMH in time?


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