Barrie, Ontario – March 28, 2011 – With Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, Topper’s Pizza is kicking things off right with a $10,000 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, presented Friday, March 25, at the company’s franchising office in Barrie.  The money was raised after the company agreed to donate a portion of sales from its famous House Dip – retailing for the first time in a bottled format – for an entire calendar year, with all 35 of its Ontario store locations participating.

“We were very optimistic,” said Topper’s Pizza president Keith Toppazzini.  “The product was so popular that we exceeded our sales goals for the first year leading to a much higher donation than anticipated. We couldn’t be happier.”

A proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society, Topper’s Pizza welcomes the opportunity to give back where it can. Today’s presentation marks the second donation of this size made by the company in the past four years.

On hand to receive the monies raised was Canadian Cancer Society representative Francine Laroche, along with Mayor of Barrie Jeff Lehman.

“The community of Barrie, including family-owned businesses like Topper’s Pizza, is a strong supporter of cancer initiatives throughout the province,” said Mayor Lehman, pointing to the new Simcoe – Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, part of Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital expansion, as one example. “It is an honour to celebrate the ongoing efforts of our constituents towards such a worthwhile cause.”
The presentation, followed by refreshments and a light pizza lunch, marked the first public event hosted by Topper’s Pizza since relocating its franchising office to Barrie from Collingwood earlier this year.


Topper’s is a Foodservice and Hospitality Top 100 Company that has won numerous community awards for its quality product. Founded in 1982 by Ron Toppazzini, nearly 60 years after the original Toppazzini Bakery first opened in Sudbury, Topper’s Pizza has grown from a successful family-run business to an Ontario-wide chain of 35 stores. The company relocated its head office to Barrie from Collingwood earlier this year. For a complete list of Topper’s locations, go to and click on the ‘Store Locations’ tab to the right of the page.

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