Industry News | October 14, 2013
Aurelio’s Pizza Announces Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital
Aurelio’s Pizza announced it will donate a percentage of proceeds for all dine-in, carry-out, delivery, and online food and drink purchases chain wide, made from October 13 to 19, to Advocate Children’s Hospital as part of its annual October fundraising campaign.
Aurelio’s Pizza has supported Hope Children’s Hospital in numerous ways since 1998. Every October, Aurelio’s leads the Aurelio’s Pumpkin Project whereby customers purchase paper pumpkins for $1 to hang in Aurelio’s restaurants and other area businesses. For the second year in a row, Aurelio’s has decided to raise awareness of the hospital and expand its fundraising effort by enlisting its customers through a donation of a percentage of sales across all locations. Last year, Aurelio’s raised $10,000. Again this year, the total donation will be based on overall sales and Aurelio’s is guaranteeing a minimum donation to at least match previous year’s donations and hopes to donate much more.
In addition, Aurelio’s Pizza is celebrating a special honor during its week of giving as Aurelio’s president Joe Aurelio, an advocate for Advocate Children’s Hospital, is being presented with its first ever Hearts for Hope Community Service Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, October 19 during the Advocate Children’s Hospital Halloween Bash at Chicago’s Zhou B Gallery.
"Advocate Children’s Hospital was there for me and my family during our time of greatest need," says Joe Aurelio, president and CEO of Aurelio’s Pizza. "They do so much good for so many children and their families. It’s important to me that all of our Aurelio’s Pizza locations help raise awareness and funds to support their mission. Again this year, we want to build on our heritage of helping Advocate Children’s Hospital by giving every Aurelio’s customer the chance to support by simply eating Aurelio’s Pizza. There’s no additional purchase, nothing to think about—from October 13 through October 19 just dine-in, carry-out or order online or for delivery and you’re helping Advocate. We’re really hoping our customers again this year will come out in droves to support this wonderful pediatric hospital."
Advocate Children's Hospital provides pediatric care to children throughout the region and Midwest. The hospital also is internationally noted for pioneering advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease, and offers the latest treatment options for virtually all childhood cancers and blood disorders.
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