Denny's Restaurants Join the Michael J. Fox Foundation for 'Pancakes For Parkinson's'

Denny's events kick off in New York to support Parkinson's disease research

NEW YORK /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Denny's franchisees Glenn and Tina Beattie are joining the fight against Parkinson's disease by hosting a pancake event to benefit Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. "Pancakes for Parkinson's," an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Denny's restaurants in western and central New York. All donations to the free pancake breakfast will support MJFF.

"We are deeply appreciative of this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research," says MJFF CEO Katie Hood. "The generosity of Glenn and Tina Beattie will give a huge boost to Pancakes for Parkinson's, a Team Fox program. The Denny's Pancakes for Parkinson's event is an incredible example of the creative ways that companies are helping in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease."

The Beatties are franchisees of the 37 Denny's restaurants in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and other outlying areas that will take part in the New York Pancakes for Parkinson's event.

"We first came to MJFF because of a family connection to Parkinson's disease," says Tina. "After learning more about the Foundation, we were blown away by their bold approach to Parkinson's research and wanted to get involved in a meaningful way. Through Pancakes for Parkinson's, Glenn and I and the rest of our Denny's team can raise much needed funds and awareness for this important cause."

The Beatties have inspired other franchisees to take part in Pancakes for Parkinson's. Hardy Gill, franchisee of Denny's restaurants in Pennsylvania, will also be hosting Pancakes for Parkinson's at five of his restaurants on April 30, 2010. The event will include all-you-can-eat pancakes for a suggested donation to benefit MJFF.

A second round of Denny's events will take place in California and Hawaii on May 10, 2010 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ajay Kumar, franchise owner of the four participating restaurants, will be offering an MJFF voucher for a free stack of pancakes to any customer that donates one dollar to the Foundation.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder with no known cause or cure. An estimated one million people in the United States and over five million worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease. Together with innovative partners like Tina, Glenn, Ajay and Hardy, we can find the cure. For more information, visit www.michaeljfox.org.

The following is a full list of Denny's restaurants that are participating in Pancakes for Parkinson's:

April 30, 2010 Events:

New York

701 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY

80 N Genessee Street, Utica, NY

200 S James Street, Rome, NY

1078 Glenwood Avenue, Oneida, NY

4024 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, NY

1250 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY

1283 RT 300, Newburgh, NY

411 RT 211 East, Middletown, NY

Buffalo, New York

2343 Union Road, West Seneca, NY

8020 Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY

2215 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

4610 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY

3165 Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park, NY

5699 Transit Road, Lockport, NY

4105 Inwood Drive, Angola, NY

1881 Ridge Road, West Seneca, NY

3920 Maple Road, Amherst, NY

5092 Camp Road, Hamburg, NY

4445 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

10390 Bennett Road, Fredonia, NY

364 West Main Street, Batavia, NY

Rochester, New York

2890 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY

911 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY

7503 Main Street Fisher, Victor, NY

160 Eastern Boulevard, Canandaigua, NY

4240 Lakeville Road, Geneseo, NY

118 Victory Highway, Painted Post, NY

950 Chemung Street, Horseheads, NY

Syracuse, New York

6591 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY

201 Lawrence Road, North Syracuse, NY

103 Elwood Davis Road, Syracuse, NY

1440 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY

3414 Erie Boulevard, Syracuse, NY

176 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY

5300 West Genesee Street, Camillus, NY

7873 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY

1142 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY

Pennsylvania

488 Kidder Street, Wilkes Barre, PA

410 Scranton Hwy, Dickson City, PA

1716 E 3rd Street, Williansport, PA

131 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg, PA

973 N Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA

May 10, 2010 Events:

California

2148 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA

2511 North Ventura Road Port, Hueneme, CA

Hawaii

2463 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI

430 Kele Street, Kahului, HI

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the development of better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda. MJFF has funded almost $176 million in research to date.

About Team Fox

Team Fox provides guidance, tools and resources for the thousands of amazing people all over the world who are walking, running, blogging, jogging, paddling, pedaling, eating, drinking, shopping and dancing to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research.

SOURCE Michael J. Fox Foundation

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