MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 1 /CNW/ - Ontario Law Enforcement and Boston Pizza are teaming up to launch a province-wide fundraiser for Special Olympics Ontario. Boston Pizza will participate in two fundraising drives, "Police...Serving You" and "Toonies for Torches," in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics world-wide.
From May 1 - 25, Boston Pizza restaurants across Ontario invite their guests to donate a toonie for a paper torch, representing the Olympic Flame of Hope. Guests are asked to write a motivational message to Special Olympics athletes, which will be posted throughout the restaurant. One hundred per cent of the proceeds generated through the "Toonies for Torches" program will benefit Special Olympics Ontario. Last year, Boston Pizza raised $35,000 across Ontario.
Law Enforcement officers will lend their support at all participating Boston Pizza locations across Ontario from May 23 - 25 for the fundraiser finale, "Police...Serving You". Officers will partner with servers, hosts and staff to collect donations for Special Olympics Ontario.
"We appreciate Boston Pizza's continued support to help us raise funds and awareness for Ontario's 16,000 Special Olympics athletes," says Special Olympics Ontario president, Glenn MacDonell. "Money raised through Boston Pizza will go towards funding sports equipment, facility rentals, Special Olympics events, athlete training, and the expansion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run."
Since the inaugural Law Enforcement Torch Run in 1987, more than $19 million has been donated to Special Olympics Ontario to help create 1,688 sports clubs, 16 official sports and 7,000 new athletes. Law Enforcement agencies across Ontario will participate in community based Torch Runs throughout May and June.
"Boston Pizza franchisees have proudly supported Special Olympics Ontario for the past three years," says Mark Pacinda, president of Boston Pizza International Inc. "They are an outstanding organization that helps thousands of athletes gain self-confidence and lead healthy lives." About Special Olympics Ontario Special Olympics Ontario is part of a dynamic world-wide charitable organization dedicated to promoting a more active and better quality of life for people who have an intellectual disability through their involvement in sport. About Boston Pizza International Inc. Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 265 restaurants in Canada and 2006 annual sales in excess of $647 million. The company has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies since 1993. Boston Pizza International Inc. is headquartered in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario, and Laval, Quebec, to support its expansion. For more information, visit www.bostonpizza.com.