Mile High Magazine 09/10/2023 Big Bill’s New York Pizza

Guest: Big Bill Ficke Big Bill was an Assistant Coach with the Denver Nuggets for three seasons under Doug Moe from 1982 through 1985 and the Nuggets made the NBA Playoffs in each season.  In 1995 he opened Big Bill’s New York Pizza.  Bill waned to help to his home state of New York after 9/11, a week after the tragic events all of the proceeds from pizza sales on that day went to help those in NYC.  They raised over $35,000 that day.  A few days later one of his friends who was a firefighter reached out to him, they had lost all six guys in their fire house.  Bill set up another event and the funds went to the families of those firefighters who were lost.  This became an annual tradition for Bill.  Bill’s wife passed away in 2009 from lymphoma.  Bill and his son Dan started the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation. The Foundation now distributes all funds raised through the “9/11 Day of Giving."  They distribute the money to six cancer foundations around Colorado.  On Monday 9/11 is their big day of giving.  Every penny raised that day will go to JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation.  

Published: Monday, September 11, 2023   |   Runtime: 14:41