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Eat spaghetti. Save lives.



Joey Palomarez (bottom left), The Spaghetti Shack team and supporters

Through a unique partnership between Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) and The Spaghetti Shack, a new opportunity to connect to the community has come to fruition when both hungry diners and passionate community advocates come together.

The Spaghetti Shack, a community-oriented, fast casual pasta concept, was founded by five lifelong friends in 2022. With locations in Tempe and Pinetop, The Spaghetti Shack offers delicious meals while making a positive impact on the community around them.

DNA hosted The Spaghetti Shack for its 2nd annual fundraiser event at the Tempe office location earlier this year—called the Spaghetti Shacktacular—the first event of its kind at DNA and an opportunity to reintroduce organ and tissue donation to a new audience that enjoyed a build-your-own spaghetti dinner and toured DNA’s operation.

The Spaghetti Shack wants to connect their diners to the lifesaving gift of organ and tissue donation by sharing stories like liver recipient, Valen Krasnov.

Krasnov was just 3 years old when his parents learned he was in liver failure. He needed a transplant. The shocking news came after Valen and his father, Zaccarri Krasnov, went on a camping trip and noticed Valen’s eyes were almost completely yellow – jaundiced. He was admitted into the hospital in June 2021.

Twelve hours after being put on the transplant list, he received a second chance at life – an indication of just how sick he truly was.

Valen Krasnov, liver recipient


Meet Joey Palomarez, an entrepreneur, restaurateur, community builder and currently the Managing Partner of The Spaghetti Shack.

Being a second-generation restaurateur, Joey grew up working in his parents’ restaurants where he learned the industry and his philosophy on food. With professional experience in both collegiate sports and mortgage sales, Joey turned back to the restaurant industry with his new outlook and mission.

Joey Palomarez, Managing Partner of The Spaghetti Shack

His new mission: Provide quality and affordable food to allow his customers to spend less time cooking and cleaning, and more time with their families and loved ones.

“The Spaghetti Shack is excited to partner with Donor Network of Arizona to recognize those who have given the gift of life and those who have made the decision to be registered donors,” says Palomarez. “We want to partner with DNA to introduce them to our customers and the communities they serve and show the impact that organ and tissue donation has on our fellow Arizonans.”


Throughout June, help us celebrate donation alongside The Spaghetti Shack. Both locations will host a monthlong registration drive at their restaurants. The Spaghetti Shack will offer a free dessert and a reusable Donate Life bag for customers who register or reaffirm their decision to be organ and tissue donors.

It doesn’t end there! Diners who register or reaffirm their decision will also have an opportunity to enter a raffle for the chance to win tickets to DNA’s Donate Life Day at the Arizona Diamondbacks and a $100 gift card to The Spaghetti Shack. All they have to show is the donor heart insignia on their state ID or driver’s license or a screenshot of the registry confirmation on their smartphone.

Not sure where to go? Find the location closest to you with the addresses below.

The Spaghetti Shack – Tempe location: 6340 S Rural Rd #114, Tempe, AZ 85283

The Spaghetti Shack – Pinetop location: 592 W White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85929

eat spaghetti, save lives

Register or reaffirm your decision to become an organ and tissue donor today at or by visiting one of The Spaghetti Shack’s locations and registering in person.

Check out The Spaghetti Shack’s menu and locations by visiting their website at Remember to screenshot your donor registration confirmation or register with them to receive a free dessert and reusable Donate Life bag!

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