By Melanie Casey

Farrelli’s Pizza family, Fisher House staff and even Harmon Brewing Co. staff pictured at the Fisher House at JBLM. See caption below.

Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza is all about family, and the popular local restaurant chain is doing its part to help military families living at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fisher House feel a little more at home.

In the next few weeks, volunteers from Farrelli’s will install a new play set in the backyard of the home, which is located just down the street from the Madigan Army Medical Center on JBLM.

Since Fisher House families reside at the house while an ill or injured servicemember undergoes treatment at Madigan, it is understandably a very stressful time in their lives. They stay at the home from a few days to several months, and staff and volunteers do what they can to help make it a “home away from home.”

There is a cozy living room complete with a TV, toys and books as well as a spacious kitchen, laundry facilities and backyard grill and gazebo area. There is also a beautifully landscaped garden and a fenced play area so the littlest residents can burn off some steam.

 

A few weeks ago, several members of the Farrell family and its management team visited the home to formalize afundraising partnership with Harmon Brewing Company. While on a tour with Manager Jodi Land, they noticed that the play area in the backyard was in desperate need of new equipment.

The company – which in 2010 won the National Restaurant Association’s National Neighbor Award – knew what it needed to do. “We saw an opportunity to lend a hand,” said Clayton Krueger, Farrelli’s director of marketing and communications.  So Margaret “Mama” Farrell went out and purchased a large new playground, which staff will install and assemble in the coming weeks.

“This new playground will give children staying at the Fisher House an outlet and an opportunity to get outside in a safe, secure environment,” said Land. “The new equipment was badly needed, and we are thankful that the Farrell family not only donated the materials, but also that they are going to install and assemble it for us.”

The family owned and operated restaurant chain, which started in Lacey in 1995 and caters to families, has always supported and honored its military neighbors. “The military is the glue that holds our community together,” Krueger said. As a show of the company’s appreciation to its military neighbors, service members returning from deployment get a free meal at both of the family’s Farrelli’s and MacNamara’s restaurants.

To learn more about Farrelli’s, visit farrellispizza.com. For more information about Fisher House, visit fisherhouse-jblm.org, call 253.964.9283 or stop by the home, located at 9999 Wilson Ave. on JBLM.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Jodi Land (Fisher House), Jesse Holder (Harmon Brewing Co.), Clayton Krueger (director of Marketing & Communications), Jacque Farrell (founder & COO), James Mickelson (director of Project Management & IT), Rob Rasmussen (director of Design & Promotion), Margaret Farrell (founder), Lizz Farrell-Lewis (director of Guest Satisfaction) and on the bottom row — John Farrell (founder)