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Sister Brands Pizza 73 and Pizza Pizza Raise $275,000 for Children's Miracle Network in 2012, Surpass Million-Dollar Milestone Through Slices for Smiles Program

Jan 30 2013 12:00AM

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EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire via Marketwire.

Pizza 73 staff, operators and customers have reason to smile thanks to the growth of Slices for Smiles, a charitable fundraising program that raised $275,000 for Children's Miracle Network and its 14 affiliated hospitals across Canada in 2012. The program, a joint effort between sister brands Pizza 73 and Pizza Pizza, has raised more than $1 million dollars to date for life-saving services and equipment at leading Canadian children's hospitals, including Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.

Representatives from Pizza 73 and Alberta Children's Hospital celebrated the milestone at a community pizza party in Okotoks, outside of Calgary, this past Saturday, January 26.

"Children are our future and they mean the world to us," said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza 73/Pizza Pizza. "Our Slices for Smiles program, like all of our local sponsorships and community outreach, affords us the opportunity to work with customers to do good locally and regionally, supporting causes that matter to all. One in four Canadians visits a children's hospital in their lifetime so I could not think of a more deserving organization."

Funds raised through the Slices for Smiles program remain local - staying within the communities in which they were raised. Donations raised through this program help fund critical services, leading-edge research and excellence in care for millions of children in Canada and their families.

"We are thrilled to celebrate Pizza 73's incredible accomplishment and milestone," said John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer, Canada for Children's Miracle Network. "Partners like Pizza 73 and Pizza Pizza are, in part, responsible for the outstanding performance of our pediatric health care programs and personnel in Canada. Their contributions play a direct role in helping to save and improve the lives of our children. We look forward to nurturing this amazing partnership."

Pizza 73 locations in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan participated in the Slices for Smiles fundraiser, which took place in April and October 2012. Donations were also collected online, by phone and through the company's iPhone app.

To learn more about Pizza 73, visit www.pizza73.com.

About Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. These donations fund critical research, purchase life-saving equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca.

About Pizza 73

Established in 1985, Pizza 73 aims to satisfy every customer by providing excellent quality food and true value in a fast and friendly manner. The company is a leader in the communities it serves and offers a broad range of menu items with 20 varieties of specialty pizzas, over 20 different toppings and four styles of crust (traditional pan, super pan, whole wheat multigrain and gluten-free), and an assortment fresh side dishes including chicken wings, chicken bites, wedgies, dipping sauces and salads. Visit www.pizza73.com for more information.



Contacts:
Torchia Communications
Kathleen Stelmach
(416) 341-9929 ext. 227
kathleen@torchiacom.com

Torchia Communications
Mary Moniz
(416) 341-9929 ext. 221
mary@torchiacom.com





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