Sweet Tomatoes announced today that its annual Easter Seals fundraiser hosted at 34 regional restaurants raised $35,000. This was the sixth year of the Sweet Tomatoes and Easter Seals partnership with cookie campaign contributions reaching more than $179,000 to date.
The money was raised from the sale of 34,544 bags of homemade chocolate chip cookies at Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, and Arizona during the month of June.
“We thank Sweet Tomatoes for their continued support,” says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals, Inc. “Sweet Tomatoes is helping Easter Seals create life-changing solutions for children and adults with disabilities.”
“We’re thrilled at the participation we saw in the communities this year. We decided to work with Easter Seals because it reminded us so much of Sweet Tomatoes in its core values,” says Lesa Pickinpaugh, general manager, Schaumburg. “They have a passion to serve, exemplify integrity, and show their respect for each individual by helping all people with disabilities. In working with Easter Seals, we know our donation will make a difference and benefit families within Sweet Tomatoes communities.”
The funds raised will benefit nine Easter Seals affiliates, including Easter Seals Colorado, Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley Region, Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Easter Seals Oregon, Easter Seals Southwest Human Development, Easter Seals Washington, Easter Seals North Georgia, and Easter Seals UCP North Carolina.