It’z Grand Opening Benefiting Local Charities

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, HOUSTON AFFILIATE OF THE SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION, GLADNEY CENTER FOR ADOPTION, JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON, HOUSTON MARINE MOMS, SOLDIERS’ ANGELS

Houston, Texas – May 14, 2007 – iT’Z – Family, Food and Fun has announced they will open in Northwest Houston on Tuesday, May 22.  During the grand opening celebration various charities will be involved to help raise awareness and funds for their organizations.
 
“Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of our company,” says Mark Moore, iT’Z President and CEO.  “We are excited about the organizations we have partnered with to help further their cause.”
 
iT’Z will donate a portion of food and beverage sales to Texas Children’s Hospital on May 22, the Houston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on May 23 and the Gladney Center for Adoption on May 24.  On May 31, a portion of food and beverage sales will go to the Junior League of Houston, Inc., which will help fund over 33 local community organizations.  On Memorial Day, May 28, Houston Marine Moms and Soldiers’ Angels will be at iT’Z collecting donations for troops overseas.  Donations collected will help go toward the purchase of phone cards for troops to call home.
 
iT’Z opening in Houston marks the company’s first location in Texas, bringing the area an upscale dining and entertainment destination for Houston families.  iT’Z combines high-quality food, themed dining rooms, video games, amusement rides, bowling, party facilities and a retail outlet in a 70,000 sq. ft. building.  iT’Z is located on the southbound service road of Hwy 249, north of FM 1960 near Willowbrook Mall at 18355 Tomball Parkway.
 
“Our mission is to provide a fun environment for families,” says Moore.  “You’ll see mom enjoying a meal with her five-year-old and granddad playing air hockey with his 14-year-old grandson.  We truly have something for every member of the family.”
 
iT’Z Food choices include a wide variety of pizzas, freshly sautéed pastas, salad bar, taco bar, steamy baked potatoes, hot soup, and tasty desserts all provided on an expansive buffet.  iT’Z offers unlimited soft drinks, iced tea and coffee.  Beer, wine and margaritas are available for an additional charge.
 
The dining areas at iT’Z are warm and inviting, with each one providing a different theme to match guests’ interests.  With combined seating for over 800, Toon’z, GameTime, The Galaxy Drive-in and Hollywood feature large projection TVs and plasmas showing sports, cartoons, movies or audio entertainment.
 
Rides indoors?  You’ll find them at iT’Z.  The Disk’O spans over 80 feet and takes 24 riders on a spinning, twirling ride.  Other rides include the iT’Z Express roller coaster, Jumpin’ Star free fall, bumper cars and Jump Around dune buggies.
 
“Rides on this scale are typically at outdoor parks,” says Moore.  “We brought them all indoors, so you can get out of the hot Houston sun.”
 
In Ten Pin Alley, guests can put their bowling skills to the test.  Over 150 video games round out the entertainment with many of them dispensing tickets, good for a huge selection of prizes.  There is also a retail store full of gifts, jewelry, toys and accessories.
 
iT’Z will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.  iT’Z Houston can be reached at (281) 678-1251.
 
Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.  One of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, Texas Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research.
 
The Houston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1991 with a small group of breast cancer survivors and activists.  Today, more than 1,300 volunteers are committed to saving lives, empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
 
The Gladney Center is one of the oldest and largest maternity homes and adoption agencies in the United States.  The Center helps to create bright futures for hundreds of adoptive parents, birth parents and children in the U.S. and around the world through their adoption, education, humanitarian and support services.
 
Houston Marine Moms is a support group for family and friends of recruits and those serving in the United States Marines.  In addition to supporting each other, they also support men and women currently serving in the United States Marines.
 
Soldiers’ Angels is an all volunteer run organization that started in June of 2003.  The Soldiers’ Angels’ mission is to provide aide and comfort to any of the armed forces and their families.
 
The Junior League of Houston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
 
iT’Z Houston is the second location for Dallas based IT’Z, L.P.  The first opened in Albuquerque in July 2006.  Other planned locations include Colorado Springs, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, San Antonio, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Tucson and Mesa, Ariz., San Diego and Oklahoma City.  Each iT’Z location varies in size from 45,000 to 70,000 sq. ft. and employs almost 200 team members.  Visit www.itzusa.com for more information.