Great Moments in Melt History – “The Melt Charity Pig”
You’ve heard the phrase “feed the kitty,” but Melt Bar and Grilled would like you to “feed the piggy.” We’re referring to the Melt Charity Pig who resides at Melt Independence and is….quite large. Like most piggy banks, it has a slot in it to accept your donations, which is donated to local charitable organizations.
Much like Melt, the Charity Pig has deep Cleveland roots. “We received the Charity Pig from the Cleveland Indians in 2015,” says Melt Bar and Grilled owner and founder Matt Fish. It started its life as the Cleveland Indians Charity Piggy Bank located near the team shop. They decommissioned the pig after the 2015 season and offered it to Melt. I jumped on the opportunity to have this amazing part of Indians history!”
“Finding a location to display it was a challenge but as soon as we decided to expand the Independence location I knew exactly where the pig would permanently reside.”
The Charity Pig had a new home but it also needed a new wardrobe. “Our mural artist Jake Kelly took on the challenge of redesigning the pig to represent Melt a bit more,” says Fish. “Jake came up with the idea to create a punk rock pig. There is a sub-genre of punk rock called crust punk and all the bands represented on the pig are crust punk bands. Ham is the Bastard is probably my favorite and the reference to GG Allin’s famous tattoo “Live Fast Fry” is pretty funny too.”
The Charity Pig is a cool and fun representation of something that has always been part of Melt Bar and Grilled: giving back to the community. “When the first generation of Melt staff members moved on I dedicated a day to them,” says Fish. “I donated a portion of total sales to thank them for their help in building the business. We also had a few staff members have some unfortunate life issues happen so we held a “Dr. Feelgood” weekend for them. We created a sandwich in their honor and a portion of the sales from the sandwich was donated to help them during a difficult time.”
Melt extends their fundraising to the community too.
“The fundraiser program allows charities to hold events at Melt,” according to Fish. “You pick the date and location, we make the flyer for you and for every person that brings in the flyer, we donate back 20% of what they spend. In a typical month, we do 30 – 40 fundraisers across all 10 locations and have had a great deal of success in helping many different organizations meet their fundraising goals. We have worked with everyone from animal shelters to high schools, national charity drives, local races and a broad spectrum of cancer research and awareness causes.”
“We want to dig into the community, help people get to their goals and get to know everyone!”
To enjoy an awesome experience at Melt while supporting a worthy cause contact Melt Bar and Grilled for more information: email@example.com