Mayors challenge: Can Hamilton or Fairfield donate more to feed first responders and hospital workers?

The mayors of Fairfield and Hamilton have challenged the public to help feed those on the front lines in the fight against the novel coronavirus crisis.

Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller and Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller issued the weeklong challenge over the weekend for the public to support Richards Pizza, a long-time Butler County restaurant with locations in both cities, which in turn will help feed first responders and hospital personnel.

When purchasing a steak sandwich, Moeller said, “Just tell the person taking the order or online, ‘I want to donate a sandwich to the Heroes Fund.’” For every sandwich the public purchases for the cause, Richards will donate a second steak sandwich.

The mayor whose Richards receives the most donations wins the challenge. The losing mayor will don a high school baseball cap of the winner’s community during the opening day parade of the Miracle League Field, which has been delayed due to the COVID-19 virus crisis.

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“During these difficult times, take a pause and join your neighbors in providing meals to our first responders and our hospital’s personnel,” Moeller said.

Ohio’s local businesses have been devastated by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 virus since mid-March when the Ohio Department of Health declared a health emergency and issued a stay-at-home order. The order required many businesses to be shuttered, and restaurants to only allow delivery, drive-through and carryout services.

This month, Miller started a Mayor’s Tour in which Fairfield staff post video interviews on social media the mayor conducts with city businesses. Miller “jumped on board” with Moeller’s challenge idea because “it’s a good cause.”

“Over the years, we’ve had a really good working relationship,” Miller said. “We’ve gotten to be friends, and we’re both interested in each other’s community and what we can do together.”

And no matter which Richards is supported, Miller said, “You’re not going to go wrong.”

“This is a competition for a great restaurant with great food,” he said. “Every day, (our first responders and hospital personnel) are out there facing these challenges, and if we can do something to help them and reward them and thank them for what they’re doing, it’s a great way to help people all the way around. We’re one big community and we try to help each other, and this is just another example of healing one another.”

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The announcement was made at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field on Groh Lane in Fairfield.

There is another way to support the first Heroes Fund.

From now until May 20, the public can donate Richards gift cards, checks or cash to the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, 201 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

Moeller said this is just one way to help first responders and hospital personnel as “they’re saving lives, they’re putting their lives on the line to help all of us in Hamilton, Fairfield, the entire county.”


Purchase a steak sandwich until April 26 at Richards Pizza in Fairfield or Hamilton for the Heroes Fund, and the restaurant will donate a second to the cause.

• Fairfield Richards Pizza: 495 Nilles Road | 513-858-3296

• Hamilton West: 417 Main Street | 513-894-3296

• Hamilton East: 3015 Dixie Highway | 513-894-3217

Or until May 20, make a donation to the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, 201 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.

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