Local pizzeria pays it forward

Submitted photo: Sal Cal Pizza held a fundraiser that raised $10,000 for the Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship Fund, on Saturday, June

LABELLE - In a time when businesses are struggling, especially restaurants, due to the complications surrounding the pandemic, one of LaBelle’s favorite local Italian eateries made a decision from the heart. Sal Cal Pizza, announced that they would donate 100 percent of all their sales on Saturday, June 27, 2020, to the memorial scholarship that has been set up in honor of beloved, fallen Officer Julian Keen, Jr. While the owners of Sal Cal Pizza knew the response from the community would be good, they never dared to dream the event would raise $10,000.

“Well I could have taken 100 pics today, but WE WERE SOOOO BUSY. Thank you Labelle & many people from all around the country for such support on this one. $10.000. This town is AMAZING. AND OUR CREW well I have no words to describe what a great team Sal CAL Pizza has. We are blessed beyond measure & so thankful. This day was for you Julian…. you will forever be in our heart. You have helped us all to be & to do better. RIP my friend. Till we see you again #belikejulian” an emotional Kathy Shoaf posted on Facebook.

Danny Shoaf also wrote, “Julian’s love flowed through Sal Cal today. GOD had his hand in this. 10 k to his scholarship/American Hero’s fund. Early in the day, my wife Kathy said, I hope we hit 5k. I said I hope we hit 10. God’s got this, let’s see what happens. R.I.P Julian.”

“When I came in y’all were slammed. Your staff was cranking out the food as fast as they could, with the same infectious smile Julian had. Great job to all involved and it’s great to see the community unite,” Ramon Iglesias commented.

The LaBelle Chamber also expressed their support, “We could not be any prouder of our Chamber Member Sal Cal’s!!!! Congratulations to Danny, Kathy, Carla and their amazing team!”

During the fundraiser, Julian Keen’s truck was parked out front.

“Was not expecting his truck when we pulled in today. Started the tears all over again for me and the husband. Thank you for what you guys did today. That really was awesome,” commented Donna Duda.

Sal Cal Pizza is located at 732 S. Main Street in LaBelle. They can be reached by calling ‭(863) 675-4979‬. You can also visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sal-Cal-Pizza/187610194602260

The Julian Keen Memorial Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit designed and set up to pay tuition for kids that want to further their education in any type of law-enforcement. For more information visit: https://www.swflheroes.org/julian_keen_memorial_scholarship