Over 1000 Blind Americans to March in Dallas to Support the Imagination Fund's Campaign to Bring Educational and Skill Development Opportunities to the Blind
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quiznos, one of the nation's fastest-growing quick service restaurant chains, today announced that it will be a "Freedom Sponsor" of the National Federation of the Blind's March for Independence, to be held July 2, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. Over one thousand blind Americans, their friends and families, and supporters will join in the second annual March for Independence titled "The Walk for Opportunity" to support the Federation's Imagination Fund campaign, which brings educational and skill development opportunities to the blind.
"Quiznos is proud to partner with the National Federation of the Blind in supporting this year's March for Independence," said Clyde Rucker, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Quiznos. "We recognize the impact of the spirit of the nation's organized blind and are honored to walk alongside the Federationists in celebration of their independence and to assist in the creation of opportunities."
The March for Independence is a 5K walk-a-thon and will raise money for the Imagination Fund and its local and state-level efforts to increase public awareness of the true capabilities of blind people. The National Association of Blind Merchants (a division of the National Federation of the Blind) will host this year's march with the The March for Independence taking place amidst the 68th National Federation of the Blind annual convention in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said, "The March for Independence is our way of demonstrating to the public that we are equal participants in society and that we are determined to make for ourselves a future full of opportunity. We are pleased that Quiznos has joined us in this effort and we look forward to working together in the future."
Celebrating its 27th anniversary, Denver-based Quiznos is a national chain designed for today's busy consumers who are looking for a tasty alternative to traditional fast food restaurants. Using only premium quality, freshly prepared ingredients, Quiznos restaurants offer creative, chef-inspired recipes for sandwiches, soups and salads. With more than 5,000 franchise restaurants, Quiznos is one of the fastest growing quick service restaurant chains.
In December, the Quiznos management team was named the "Best New Class" by QSR Magazine. In October 2007, Quiznos was recognized for leading the QSR industry in wait time performance by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA) 2007 Wait Time Study. In May 2007, Zagat's consumer surveys listed Quiznos in top 5 for Top Food, Top Facilities, Top Service and Top Overall, ahead of its direct competitors. In June 2006, Nation's Restaurant News ranked Quiznos in its Top 100 Restaurant Chains as the #1 restaurant chain in growth in number of units--five years in a row.
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With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind