NEW ENGLAND-BASED UNO'S TO DONATE PERCENTAGE OF PROFITS IN THREE STATES FOR THREE DAYS TO TORNADO VICTIMS
Special 10% donation of all profits in all 36 restaurants June 8-10 to go directly to Pioneer Valley Red Cross for tornado victims
BOSTON, MASS., June 7, 2011 - In all 36 of its restaurants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, New England-based Uno's, the casual dining restaurant with a focus on both indulgent and delicious and nutritious dining options, will be donating a percentage of its profits June 8-10 for victims of last week's deadly tornadoes in western Massachusetts.
For those three days, 10% of all profits in all three states will go to the Pioneer Valley Red Cross to support the families in need. The Pioneer Valley chapter supports the western Massachusetts area most affected by the tornadoes and is the hub of all donations and disaster relief in the aftermath of the storms. The chapter is providing food, shelter and counseling for the victims.
"We want to do what we can for our neighbors and friends and we realize others want to help, too, but don't always know how, so we hope this makes it easy for them," says Frank Guidara, chief executive officer, who grew up and lives in Massachusetts. "Many people don't realize that Uno's is a New England-based company - our corporate headquarters are here, much of the leadership team was born here and we have more restaurants here than in any other region - so this is home and we are helping family. Quickly mobilizing our restaurants to serve these communities is important to all of us."
"We are so grateful for Uno's generosity," says Rick Lee of the Pioneer Valley Red Cross. "They jumped right in to help and we didn't even have to ask. Three days of donations from 36 restaurants will provide a great deal of critical services to people who desperately need it."
The Springfield and Sturbridge Uno locations quickly got involved in disaster relief in their communities by delivering 280 pizzas that fed nearly 900 people - those in the area displaced by the tornadoes as well as the local police and fire department personnel working during the disaster. Emergency services in the area expressed their gratitude for the unsolicited but much-needed food donations.
Storms ripped through central and western Massachusetts on Wednesday, killing four people, injuring hundreds and destroying homes in 18 communities. Wednesday's storms were so powerful, debris from the storms was found 80 miles away.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, with 28 locations and approximately 1,700 employees within the state, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes over 150 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, and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. UNO's mission is to deliver intensely flavorful, delicious and nutritious food in an environment of heartfelt hospitality, and was named America's Healthiest Chain Restaurant by Health magazine. The Company also operates a fast casual concept called Uno Dué Go, a quick service concept called Uno Express and a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theatres, 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.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross has been a primary supplier of lifesaving blood products in the United States for more than 50 years. The American Red Cross Blood Services -- Northeast Division supplies a wide range of blood components, plasma derivatives, and transfusion services to over 200 hospitals and other medical facilities throughout Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. It serves the blood needs of more than 9 million residents and many thousand more who travel to New England for care at many of the nation's top medical centers.