‘Mom, we did it. Our dream has come true.’ Beverly’s Hearty Slice adds two locations, receives $10k anonymous donation

January 16, 2022 | 12:10 am

Updated January 16, 2022 | 7:59 am

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“Mom, we did it. Our dream has come true.” Those were Travis Owsley’s words to honor his late mother, whom Owsely’s nonprofit Beverly’s Hearty Slice is named after.

For more than a year, the nonprofit has served countless slices of pizza, water, and more to the community at Kendall-Perkins Park for no cost. Thanks to a $10,000 donation — the largest to date — the organization has plans to offer two new serving locations for the upcoming summer. 

“What a way to start off 2022 for our communities,” Owsley said. “We would like to say thank you to this family for their support and generous donation. Faith and trust in us is the reason I’m able to say that this was possible.”

While maintaining the stronghold at Kendall-Perkins Park, Beverly’s Hearty Slice will also have serving locations at Rolling Heights and Mechanicsville. All three locations will serve simultaneously from 5:30-7 p.m. 

“Thank you to the City of Owensboro and Parks and Recreation for allowing us to help and impact these communities,” Owsley said. “It takes a village, and I want to sincerely thank our team and board members for their loyalty and dedication even in the rain, sleet, and snow this past year and six months.”

Owsley said he and his team simply want to serve the community as they promised. The nonprofit is currently searching for volunteers in the form of churches, teachers, college students, athletic teams, public servants, community leaders, or anyone who wants to volunteer and help pass out pizza at the new locations. 

“This is a dream come true. There are so many families and kids that can benefit from our free meals, Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas gifts,” he said. “The thought of giving these families hope and a free meal that they can depend on every other week is a blessing from God.”

In addition to providing food and drinks to the community, Owsley hopes their efforts will inspire others to give back, create diversity, and “provide hope during these trying times.”

Owsley has aspirations to take their efforts even further, focusing on the communities he feels need the help. He said donations are the key to doing that and desires to one day organize scholarships for local youth venturing off to college. 

Owsley said he was no stranger to the struggles shared by many in the communities they serve, and that his mother often exploited many local agencies to provide for his family. 

“My mom would be very proud,” he said. “There were so many times we had to depend on churches, help offices, and the Pitino Shelter for meals. To see it all come back full circle, and us being able to provide for those in need in my community and other communities, it’s truly a blessing.”

January 16, 2022 | 12:10 am

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