When the 9/11 attacks happened 12 years ago, New York native Bill Ficke knew he had to do something to help. Ficke is the “Bill” in Big Bill’s New York Pizza in Centennial. So he held two fundraisers at his restaurant and raised more than 65-thousand dollars for the New York Firefighter’s Fund.
Each year, Big Bill would pay tribute to the Heroes of September 11th by donating all of the day’s proceeds to charity. His employees would also donate their salaries and tips for the day to the fund.
When Big Bill’s wife JoAnn died of cancer in 2007, he and his son Dan started the Joann B. Ficke Cancer Foundation to help Colorado families affected by cancer. September 11th became the annual Day of Giving and is now the fundraiser for the foundation. Big Bill said he wants to remember the 9/11 victim’s and their families in a positive way.
So all day Wednesday until closing, Bill Bill asks you to stop by and order an authentic New York Pizza and in lieu of a check, you’ll be asked to make a donation to the fund.
Big Bill’s NY Pizza is located on the northwest corner of County Line Road and Holly in Centennial.
Last year they raised 110-thousand dollars and donated the money to Colorado organizations that help fight cancer and provide assistance to cancer patients.
Big Bill got his nickname for his height; he is 6’6” tall. He’s also a former assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets.