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CiCi's Pizza Teaming Up With Special Olympics Florida

By: Special Olympics Florida Email
By: Special Olympics Florida Email

Special Olympics Florida Press Release

COPPELL, Texas July 28, 2013 – In August, CiCi’s Pizza, home of the endless buffet, will raise money for Special Olympics Florida at 16 participating CiCi’s restaurants in the state.

From Thursday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 31, guests can purchase Special Olympics paper logos for $1 and personalize them to be displayed in the restaurants.

Guests can also donate $5 to cause and receive a voucher for free regular sized drink in return. All proceeds from the logo sales will benefit Special Olympics Florida state programs.

The fundraising efforts will also include “Dough Raisers” events at participating restaurants on Tuesday, Aug. 13, which is a one-day challenge for CiCi’s guests to purchase enough Special Olympics paper logos to cover an entire law enforcement vehicle.

In addition to the logo proceeds, participating CiCi’s will donate 10 percent of that day’s sales to Special Olympics Florida.

“This is our second year to partner with Special Olympics, and it’s been such a great program that we’ve expanded our fundraising efforts to include three additional states,” said CiCi’s Field Marketing Manager Diana Isaacson. “At CiCi’s, we care about our communities and all the families that make them great, and we invite our guests to come in and help us support this worthy cause throughout August.”

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This training gives participants the opportunity to develop physically and emotionally while experiencing joy and sharing gifts, skills and friendships.

“Special Olympics allows people with intellectual disabilities to be part of a larger community of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters,” said President and CEO of Special Olympics Florida Sherry Wheelock. “By partnering with CiCi’s Pizza, we are able to help more Florida individuals and families.”

CiCi’s will partner with other statewide Special Olympics chapters in the United States, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia for this fundraising event. For locations nearest you, visit http://cicispizza.com/enjoy-cicis/locations.

About CiCi’s Pizza

Coppell, Texas-based CiCi’s Pizza opened its first restaurant in Plano, Texas, in 1985 and has approximately 500 restaurants in 34 states. The family-oriented restaurant, known for its endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet, was named America’s favorite pizza chain in the 2012 Market Force survey and has been listed by Zagat and Parents magazine as a top family-friendly restaurant. Also in 2012, CiCi’s fully redesigned website was honored as an outstanding website by WebAwards, CiCi’s was recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly Franchise®, and Entrepreneur named CiCi’s to its Franchise 500 list. For more information about CiCi’s, visit www.cicispizza.com or www.facebook.com/cicis.

For franchising information, contact Thomas McCord at tmccord@cicispizza.com or 972-745-9318.

About Special Olympics Florida

Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athlete or their caregiver, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be a productive, respected and contributing members of their communities.


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