Boston, December 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Many Americans may have grown weary of the lengthy conflicts overseas, but UNO(R) ( www.unos.com ) and non-profit organization Pizzas 4 Patriots [P4P] hope to encourage people to continue to remember our troops still stationed in Afghanistan this holiday season with a unique “$5 for $50” fundraiser. The money raised will enable P4P to dish out 10,000 pizzas to U.S. service men and women in Afghanistan on America’s largest pizza eating day of the year — Super Bowl Sunday. During the month of December, guests can purchase a coupon book for $5 and receive $50 in coupon savings, all for a great cause, but the opportunity will end on January 1st.
“With the passing of time, some Americans have shifted their attention from the conflicts thousands of miles away, but our troops are still there and we never, ever want to forget them,” said Frank Guidara, CEO, Uno Chicago Grill and veteran. “Uno can show its appreciation by sending them a taste from home, namely a deep-dish pizza. And we know it means a great deal to the troops — especially those that are in forward positions without the comforts of home available to them.”
UNO has supported Pizzas4Patriots in shipping over 50,000 pizzas to our troops at various times of the year since 2009. (That translates to over 400,000 slices served to more than 200,000 soldiers). As in past years, the pizzas will be delivered by DHL ( www.dhl-usa.com ), the world’s leading international logistics company.
OPERATION PIZZA BOWL is an effort conceived by Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his teenage son Kent (of Elk Grove, IL), and has provided pizza to thousands of service men and women at bases throughout the world.
“We’re thrilled to continue partnering with Uno to provide our troops in Afghanistan with delicious deep-dish pizza in time for the SuperBowl,” said Evans. “For many of our troops, the winter can be long and hard over there, and they look forward to the best football game of the season. Helping them to enjoy it with Uno’s deep dish pizza a great way for us to say ‘thank you,’ and Uno customers get a double win because they can treat themselves to their favorite Uno dishes at considerable savings.”
“Uno has made support of our troops — active or retired — and their families a consistent focus, whether donating pizzas to local VA Hospitals, offering major discounts for Military Appreciation weeks or helping to raise funds for organizations that support our men and women in uniform,” noted Guidara. “We want to reach every soldier down to ‘the last person’ and let them know how thankful we are.”
To receive updates on UNO’s military efforts, or to enjoy exclusive special offers and information about menu items and happenings at UNO, join UNO Insider’s Club by visiting www.unos.com . To obtain a coupon book, visit your local UNO location during the month of December. Coupons are valid as of January 2nd, 2012.
Pizzas4Patriots is a non-profit organization with the mission of making a positive difference in the lives of our service men and women. We proudly support those patriots presently serving, as well as our wounded Veterans. It is our goal to provide our Armed Forces with these special gifts from home. We have been fortunate to receive donations, ranging from financial to products and services, from individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations, all wanting to show appreciation for the sacrifice of our brave troops. Our goal is to bring a little bit of home to the troops, and show them that they are supported by the country and residents who enjoy the freedoms that they provide for us. For more information on our programs, please visit: www.Pizzas4Patriots.com .
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 156 company-owned and franchised restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The Company also operates a fast casual concept called Uno Due Go, a quick service concept called Uno Express and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and Uno branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com .