A now-closed Bismarck diner, Reza’s Pitch, returned to Bismarck for a couple of hours today. The restaurant reopened to help raise money for the University of Mary’s soccer program.
Reza’s Pitch had been a popular restaurant in Bismarck for 6 years.They closed 2 years ago and customers were happy to see their return.
U-Mary Men’s Head Soccer Coach, David Cook says Reza’s Pitch made an impact on the community.
“Reza’s Pitch was kind of a corner stone in our community for 6 years while it was going on. Not just as a soccer place but as a place to eat and a great connecting point. And you have seen the response from the people today that it’s something that people miss,” says Cook
Owner of Reza’s Pitch, Reza Kamranian, says he’s always been a big U-Mary Soccer fan and that’s why they decided to do the event. They came with nearly 250 burgers and started running out quicker than they thought.
Kamranian says, “The response has been great today and we might consider doing that again as more of a fundraiser for different programs especially for the University of Mary soccer program.”
Reza says he hopes to make over $2,000 today and is happy they can contribute back to the U-Mary Athletic Program.
“We are trying to raise money for the Armada program for the University of Mary which basically they are raising money for scholarships for athletic student so we are trying to help them with that,” says Kamranian.
The Armada program has been putting on more events this past year to raise money for U-Mary athletic scholarships after the NCAA recently changed their scholarship policies.
Cook, explains how much this event means to him and the soccer team.
“We want to add to the community. so whenever you can do something that connects sport to the community. That connects the community to sports. That connects the university to community in a rich and meaningful way. These are things that are so important to us,” says Cook.
This is only the first year the Marauder Armada has been putting on events to raise money for scholarships. They are hoping to raise $790,000 within their first year.
If you couldn’t make it to the Return of Reza’s event you can still donate to the University of Mary’s athletic program on their website.