Gene Frank Award: Peter Crouse
Peter Crouse, also known as Pizza Pete, opened Infinitus Pie (iPie) nearly a decade ago with his daughter, but he and his family have put down roots for years.
Willard Muirheid, who met Crouse three years ago, said it didn’t take long to realize what an asset he was to the Broomfield community.
Muirheid, along with K.T. and Jeffrey Taylor, nominated Crouse for the Heart of Broomfield Gene Frank Award.
He was impressed by the restaurant’s practice of, every third Monday of the month, donating more than 31 percent of profits to local nonprofits, schools and clubs, including Broomfield High School’s Just after Midnight after prom party, Broomfield Symphony Orchestra and the Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities.
“Not only does this help an organization with the funds donated to their operation, but also promotes the organization to the many customers what visit the store,” Muirheid said.
iPie funds a number of scholarships to Broomfield students each year and stays environmentally conscious by recycling or composting most of its waste.
“To say that Peter is an advocate for recycling and reuse would be a gross understatement,” K.T. and Jeffrey Taylor said in their letter. “His restaurants employ recycling methods others only talk about — recycling more than 93 percent of their waste. And all of his restaurants are surrounded by repurposed bicycle frames built into bike racks.”
Crouse and his mother Anne Crouse, a longtime community advocate, were founders of the Rotary Club of Broomfield Crossing and support the club in numerous financial and volunteering ways from opening up every Tuesday morning to host the club’s weekly meeting to supplying pizzas and food to many of its projects and celebrations.
Murheid met Crouse at the Rotary Club.
“His support for all of the club’s projects has helped the club make a real difference in this community,” Murheid said. “Whenever a club member needs help, Peter is right there to do whatever he can.”
K.T. Taylor and Jeffrey Taylor, president and owner of Taylor, Taylor & Taylor Development, Inc., said even before Crouse owned iPie he, his wife Carolyn and his three daughters were “bedrocks of community support” in the town where they were all raised.
“There are numerous ways to philanthropically support ones friends and neighbors,” they said. “Peter and his family pretty well cover the bases.”
Crouse’s family has been active in the United Church of Broomfield, which Peter’s parents cofounded. Course also mentors business classes at the Broomfield High School and local community colleges.
He and his business are major sponsors of the Triple CCC bicycling event, which occurs each May and provide refreshments for the Taylor Taylor & Taylor Development event.
“Peter and Carolyn are passing on their spirit of community involvement to their children as well,” the Taylor’s letter said.
Crouse’s eldest daughter, Emily Joo, is employed at Broomfield FISH, which was cofounded by her grandmother Anne. His other daughter Katie is president of iPIE, Inc., works at the restaurants and pizza food trucks and supports the rotary.
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