UNO CHICAGO GRILL
"COMMUNITY PARTNERS" PROGRAM HELPS NON-PROFIT
STRIKE GOLD IN BOSTON
BOSTON (March 10, 2004) -
Uno Chicago Grill, world-renowned casual dining restaurant
has developed a program that enables schools and community
organizations to substantially boost donations. In 2003,
the chain hosted nearly 3,000 fundraisers in their Uno Chicago
Grill locations throughout the U.S., with donations totaling
"Hosting fundraisers in our restaurants is a great
way for us to give back to the community," said Dan
Wheeler, VP of Marketing for Uno Chicago Grill. "We
work with an organization and designate a night for the
fundraiser. Uno then donates 20% of sales to the organization."
"The more people who dine at Uno on behalf of the
non-profit, the more money generated for their organization,"
added Jack Griffin of Uno Chicago Grill in Boston. In fact,
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority recently held fundraiser night
at Uno in Boston and raised $211.37," Griffin added.
Any registered non-profit organization with a federal tax
ID number is eligible to participate. Leaders of non-profit
organizations wishing to set up events can call 800-411-2544
or contact their local Uno Chicago Grill. Schools from elementary
to high school, The American Cancer Society and the Boy
Scouts of America are just a few of the organizations that
have benefited from the Community Partners Program.
For example, the Pentagon Memorial Fundraiser Night at
Uno, held November 4, 2003, was simultaneously conducted
at 18 different restaurants in the greater Washington D.C.
area. Local celebrities and political leaders volunteered
as servers and hosts, drawing a crowd. Silent auctions held
at some restaurants generated even more money, while at
other locales, the service staff donated their tips, raising
the ante even higher.
Eames Way Elementary Night was another example of how hard
work and determination pays off. A snowstorm in the Boston
area worried school and restaurant officials - the fundraiser
seemed doomed. Luckily, the snow stopped right around dinner
time and the restaurant filled with school administrators,
teachers and students. A contest run by the school awarding
a pizza party to the class who brought in the most people
motivated students to come out. Their efforts ensured that
Uno Chicago Grill was filled and the fundraiser was a resounding
success despite the storm.
Based in Boston, Uno Restaurant Holdings
Corp. currently has a system of over 200 company-owned and
franchise full service units. Uno Chicago Grill restaurants
are located in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. The company
also operates a consumer foods division, which supplies
airlines, movie theaters, hotel restaurants and supermarkets
with both frozen and refrigerated private label foods and
branded Uno products. In 2003, Uno Chicago Grill was named
by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 franchise opportunity
in their category. The company also was selected by Franchise
Times as one of the top 20 companies to watch in 2003. For
more information, visit www.unos.com.
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