Maizie’s Cafe and Bistro donates to monthly charity, builds community support

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Maizie Bauer, owner of Maizie’s Cafe and Bistro, donates 10% of the restaurant’s profits every Wednesday to charity because she feels it is important to give back to the community. (Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Maizie’s Cafe & Bistro, located near Pierson Street and Central Avenue, picks a charity every month and donates 10 percent of its proceeds every Wednesday to that chosen charity.

The restaurant, which is family owned and operated, opened in 2008. Maizie Bauer, owner and operator of the restaurant, said she opened it to give back to the community by doing more than just providing a good atmosphere and food.

“I feel it’s important for businesses, no matter how big or small, to stay active in making our community a better place to live,” Maizie said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

During October, Maizie’s donated several thousand dollars to the United Phoenix Firefighters Community Charities. This charity helps support safety such as drowning prevention, first-aid, CPR instruction and baby-sitting classes.

Maizie’s husband, Rich Bauer, who has worked for 24 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, is currently the director of community affairs for the United Phoenix Firefighters association.

The donation program started in July and continues to donate every month to a different charity.

November will benefit Best Buddies Arizona. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating opportunities, such as integrated employment and leadership development, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rich Bauer is also a member of the board for Best Buddies Arizona has been working with charities for 16 years.

Plans for future donations include the Human Rights Campaign for December and Phoenix Children’s Hospital for January.

“I will be retiring in March and I want to continue to help Maizie’s stay involved in the community,” Rich said. “Partnering with these charities is important. Even if it’s a small difference to help a big community.”

Rich has raised more than $12 million for Firefighter Charities in the past 10 years. He is also a member of the board for Phoenix Suns Charities, Best Buddies, The Salvation Army and the advisory board for Release the Fear.

“We are so incredibly gracious and grateful for the partnership we have with Best Buddies Arizona,” said Samantha Mason, deputy director of development for Best Buddies Arizona. “It means a lot to have the support of a local business and for them to have such a strong connection to their community.”

Best Buddies Arizona will be using the donated money to help their program that operates in 47 schools across Arizona.

“This money will help so that friendships will flourish and be sustained for our program and the schools we are partnered with,” Mason said.

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