Industry News | May 22, 2008

Gattis Pizza Donates $31K to Cancer Patients

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Gattis Pizza, LP announced that its has made a donation of $31,000 to The Periwinkle Foundation, which will make it possible for 31 youth cancer patients from Texas Children's Cancer Center in Houston to attend Camp Periwinkle this August.

During the month of April, Gattis Pizza locations throughout Texas offered customers $1 off Gattis Pizza buffet coupons in exchange for a $1 donation to Camp Periwinkle, which is held in Burton,Texas. Gattis Pizza, which expanded its donation efforts for The Periwinkle Foundation in 2008, set an original goal of sending 15 patients to Camp Periwinkle.

Through the generous donations of its loyal customers and the corporate matching of those donations, Gattis Pizza will send 31 patients toCampPeriwinklethis summer.

"Gattis Pizza is always looking for ways to give back to the communities we are a part of in Texas and across the country," says Gattis Pizza CEO Mike Mrlik. "We are pleased that through teamwork with our largest franchisee, Bill Boone, and participation from our Gatti Town corporate locations, we are able to provide a week of activities, sports and fun for these great kids. In addition to the donation, Gattis Pizzas executive team, staff, and franchisees will bring the Gattis mobile pizza kitchen, The Gatti-Wagon, to Camp Periwinkleon August 8, to cook fresh pizza for campers, family and friends.

Founded in 1983,Camp Periwinkle is a one-week camp for patients and their siblings from the Texas Children's Cancer Center. The goal of Camp Periwinkle is to rehabilitate the emotional well being of children with cancer and blood disorders through uplifting camp activities in a safe environment away from the hospital routine. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, nature, campfires, ropes course, biking, boating, baseball, volleyball, and dances. Children currently in therapy can continue treatment at camp. A full medical staff is on duty 24 hours a day. With many thanks to donations,Camp Periwinkle is free for all participants and one similar-aged sibling to attend.