‘Baseball for Babbo’ Gives 100% of Profits to Pancreatic Cancer Research

Babbo’s Day of Giving Benefits the Seena Magowitz Foundation

PHOENIX — Babbo Italian Eatery is hosting its first-ever Baseball for Babbo Day of Giving event on June 15. All eight Valley Babbo Italian Eatery locations will donate 100% of profits made that day to the Seena Magowitz Foundation and its support of pancreatic cancer research. In addition, the Ken Pollack family and Roger Magowitz will each match funds raised up to $50,000.

This event is foremost a loving tribute to the founder of Babbo Italian Eatery, the late Ken Pollack. Ken was a passionate baseball fan who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in late 2022. Babbo means ‘daddy’ in Italian and Ken Pollack was that leading figure to his staff and loved ones.

“‘If you give you will get, and if you get you should give,’ was my Dad’s quote. This event is the perfect way for us to honor his legacy and live by his moto,” said Marketing Director of Babbo Italian Eatery Taylor Schultz.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths with an average five-year survival rate. The Seena Magowitz Foundation aims to defeat pancreatic cancer, maximize awareness and extend the quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients.

“The foundation accepts the challenge in pursuit of an eventual cure,” said the founder and CEO of The Seena Magowitz Foundation, Roger Magowitz. “We thank Babbo Italian Eatery for their desire and commitment to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research, done by the brightest, most innovative minds in medical science.”

Valley residents can enjoy a delicious meal from Babbo Italian Eatery, dine in or take out on June 15 to support the legacy of Ken Pollack and pancreatic cancer research. Donations to the Seena Magowitz Foundation can also be made by visiting the foundation’s website or Babbo’s donation page.

Babbo Italian Eatery
Babbo Italian Eatery is a local family-owned restaurant in its 21st year. Babbo has eight locations across the Valley (Glendale, Queen Creek, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, Phoenix, and Goodyear) and a traveling food truck. Babbo is known for its innovative Italian cuisine in a casual, family friendly atmosphere. The menu features an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary dishes, with a focus on fresh ingredients and house-crafted recipes. To find a location nearest you, visit Babboitalian.com.

Seena Magowitz Foundation
The Seena Magowitz Foundation is the face and voice of pancreatic cancer awareness. Harnessing collective synergy to defeat pancreatic cancer, the foundation communicates risk factors, symptoms, and ways to reduce the chances of getting the disease. The organization was founded by Roger E. Magowitz in honor of his mother, Seena Magowitz, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2001. The Seena Magowitz Foundation is entering its 20th year of funding pancreatic cancer research and pilot trials. For more information, visit seenamagowitzfoundation.org