When you think summer in Michigan, you can’t help but envision its natural beauty – the Great Lakes. The state that’s also home to Detroit original, Buddy’s Pizza, claims the world’s largest collection of freshwater among its most treasured resources.

Now, 66 years since Buddy’s Pizza originated the Detroit deep dish pie on Six Mile and Conant, the local family-owned restaurants will lend a hand to the Mitten’s greatest resource. Buddy’s Pizza is joining forces with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to help further its mission to conserve and restore the five freshwater lakes through education, policy and citizen involvement.

For more than 40 years, the independent citizen’s organization has been fully devoted to protecting the Great Lakes against threats like pollution, invasive species - such as Asian Carp - and wasteful water use.

“Since 1970 the Alliance for the Great Lakes has worked 100% to protect and restore the Great Lakes, but cannot do it alone,” said Jonah Smith, sustainable business director at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “Everyone from families and schools to policymakers and businesses play a role, and Buddy’s Pizza is a shining example of how a long-standing and successful business with a great product can in turn use their success to promote progress for all, through stewardship of our most valuable resource in the region – the Great Lakes.”

A business made famous in the Great Lakes State and known as “one of the best pizzas” according to Pure Michigan, Buddy’s Pizza is set to unveil its first Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza Collection. These brand new pizzas, inspired by the lakes themselves, each feature Buddy’s original crust and the Motor City Cheese Blend. The blend consists of Fontinella, Asiago and brick cheeses and made its debut in 2011 with the Motor City Pizza Collection and Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter Pizza.

For each pizza from the Great Lakes Pizza Collection sold, Buddy’s will donate $1 to the Alliance for the Great Lakes to aid in efforts that support the health of a Pure Michigan environment. The pizzas are:

My personal fave: Lake Ontario

Lake Huron – Spinach and artichoke blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach 
Lake Ontario – Fresh cilantro, Canadian bacon, grilled pineapple, Buddy’s BBQ sauce
Lake Michigan – Ground beef, carmelized onions, blue cheese, tomato basil sauce
Lake Erie – Red onion, roasted red peppers, salami, pepperoncini, tomato basil sauce
Lake Superior – Fresh basil, pine nuts, pepperoni, tomato basil sauce, Buddy’s spice blend.

“Buddy’s Pizza is proud to be not only a Detroit original but a Michigan made business,” said Robert Jacobs, president. “The health and welfare of our environment is and has always been important to us. Pizza is our business. There is no better way to help contribute to the future of our state – and support the protection of our Great Lakes – than to dedicate a collection of pizzas and portion of profits to an organization fully dedicated to those lakes. We are proud to partner with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and assist with their mission.”

On Saturday, June 23, each restaurant will celebrate Buddy’s Pizza Day and 66 years of service, by offering customers appreciation cards. Once a month through the end of the year, cardholders can purchase an 8-square cheese pizza for $6.60 and add extra toppings for 66 cents each. Appreciation cards will be available through June 30, or while supplies last.


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