April 29, 2009 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla., – Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and president of Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion.com), recently started the Fusion Extreme Team, an eco-friendly running team aimed at helping athletic enthusiasts achieve their goals while committing to saving lives and the planet through its various philanthropic efforts. The Fusion Extreme Team is currently raising money for Autism Speaks through training for the Seattle Rock n' Roll marathon, which is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 27, 2009 in Seattle, Washington.
"After completing four marathons myself and raising money for various causes around the country over the last four years, I wanted to start a team that could build on what I enjoyed so much," Lazar explains. "Together, we'll raise more money for philanthropies while providing members the support, motivation, and coaching necessary for completing such races."
With over 50 members already enrolled, the Fusion Extreme Team consists of Pizza Fusion co-workers, friends, and South Florida athletes. The team is striving to raise approximately $20,000 for Autism Speaks before the Seattle Marathon.
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment, Pizza Fusion combines a fresh, organic menu with an industry-leading environmental approach to restaurant service in chic dining destinations built to LEED certification standards. Pizza Fusion specializes in gourmet pizza, focaccia sandwiches, salads, and desserts, all in its purest form - untainted by artificial additives, such as pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. With numerous franchises opening across the U.S., Pizza Fusion is well on its way to 'saving the earth, one pizza at a time.