(Press Release), Coppell, Texas, July 30, 2013 — In August, CiCi's Pizza, home of the endless buffet, will raise money for Special Olympics Georgia at seven 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 Georgia 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 Georgia.

"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 Georgia 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 Georgia Milton-Sheats, President and CEO of Special Olympics Georgia. "By partnering with CiCi's Pizza, we are able to help more Georgia individuals and families."

CiCi's will partner with other statewide Special Olympics chapters in the United States, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, 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 Georgia

Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports program, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has a unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together. Special Olympics Georgia invests in people with intellectual disabilities, helping them to develop athletic skills, while also promoting the abilities of the athletes off the field. When our athletes succeed, attitudes change, communities develop, health and self-esteem are built, and the eyes of the world are focused on all that is good and hopeful and positive. Athletes gain skills for employment, learn independent living skills, form relationships and help others understand their extraordinary capabilities despite health issues they experience daily. Twenty-four different sports are offered for athletes to experience. Athletes ranging from age eight through senior participate in Special Olympics, gaining life skills and confidence in their athletic ability. Athletes ages 2-7 may also now participate via our Young Athletes (TM) program. SOGA is truly a grassroots effort. Only through a volunteer base of more than 25,000 are we able to fulfill our mission in serving our athletes and continue to grow. The volunteers are dedicated to providing the highest quality programs and services to the athletes and serve as area directors, certified coaches, event staff, unified sports partners and fundraisers. The continuing success of the organization depends on the ongoing support of the community.  Please visit Special Olympics Georgia's website at www.specialolympicsga.org for more information about our program!

SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia


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