This month will round out the first year of John Navratil's latest goal: to give back to his community.Navratil opened his York Township pizza shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday afternoon to Olivia's House, a grief and loss center for children. Customers ordered from the regular menu and paid whatever they could afford. All of the money made during the benefit went directly to Olivia's House. About a year ago, Navratil had a conversation with a family member and pastor from Arizona. They discussed the act of giving. "There's a satisfaction in giving," Navratil said. "And it adds a level of depth and meaning to my job." Navratil challenged himself to test the theory "you can't out-give God." For the past 12 months, Navratil and John's Pizza have made at least one donation or held one fundraiser a month for area charities or schools. Off the top of his head, Navratil listed donating 40 turkeys to the York County Food Bank, contributing $1 for every fountain drink sold in June to autism awareness and handing out 50 $10 gift certificates to the York Township police force.
"I just wanted to thank those guys for all they do," Navratil said.Partway through Monday's fundraiser, things were moving slower than Navratil had hoped.
"But we've had some big orders, and people are giving at least the cost of their food," Navratil said. "We have some of the best customers."
"Fundraisers like this are a blessing and a gift to us," Delp said. "We are so happy and so proud that John's Pizza thought of us.""It also doesn't hurt that their food is so good," Delp said. Though 2012 is nearly over, Navratil wants to continue contributing to the community that has made his business a success. "I'm going to do this as long as I can," he said. "If I have to move in with my mother-in- law, so be it."