ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is gearing up to raise "dough" for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during its 7th annual Thanks and Giving(R) campaign. Starting on Nov. 14, Domino's customers will have the opportunity to make a donation at the point of purchase to benefit the children of St. Jude. Donations can be made when ordering over the phone, in stores or online at www.dominos.com. Also, new for this year, customers will have the option to text "PIZZA" to 90999 to donate $5 to St. Jude*.
This year, Domino's is proud to be matching dollar-for-dollar all customer contributions up to $250,000 - making each dollar raised from customers even more impactful.
"I am proud to share that Domino's has raised more than $7 million since we began participating in the Thanks and Giving campaignin 2005," said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's Pizza president and CEO. "This year, in addition to our $250,000 donation, our goal is to raise $2 million for St. Jude to support their breakthrough discoveries and research that lead to lifesaving cures for children and their families around the world."
In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, as well as named the nation's No. 1 children's cancer hospital for 2010-2011 by U.S. News & World Report.
St. Jude is also the nation's leading pediatric research and treatment center devoted solely to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. No child is ever turned away from St. Jude because of a family's inability to pay. St. Jude also covers the cost of travel, food, and lodging for each patient and a family member.
"I am so happy that Domino's is once again a part of the Thanks and Giving family this year," said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "We are so grateful for their ongoing support. Domino's and their customers' commitment to St. Jude will help make a difference in the lives of so many children and their moms and dads."
Since it opened its doors in 1962, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to 80 percent overall. In fact, the survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.
The Domino's campaign begins Nov. 14, 2010, and runs through Jan. 2, 2011.
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." Through its primarily locally-owned and operated franchised system, Domino's operates a network of 9,169 franchised and Company-owned stores in the United States and over 60 international markets. The Domino's Pizza(R) brand, named a Megabrand by Advertising Age magazine, had global retail sales of over $5.6 billion in 2009, comprised of nearly $3.1 billion domestically and over $2.5 billion internationally. During the third quarter of 2010, the Domino's Pizza(R) brand had global retail sales of nearly $1.4 billion, comprised of over $747 million domestically and nearly $650 million internationally. In June 2010, Pizza Today, the leading publication of the pizza industry, named Domino's its "Chain of the Year" - making the company a two-time winner of the honor, which it previously received in 2003. Domino's has expanded its menu significantly since 2008 to include Oven Baked Sandwiches and BreadBowl Pasta(TM), and in 2009 debuted its 'Inspired New Pizza' - a permanent change to its hand-tossed product, reinvented from the crust up with new sauce, cheese and garlic seasoned crust.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation's top children's cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.
Customers are encouragedto participate in the Thanks and Giving campaign by:
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Papa John's Announces Appointment of Annette Calhoun to Senior Vice President, Human Resources LOUISVILLE, Ky. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the appointment of Annette Calhoun to Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this position, Calhoun is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's global Human Resources function, including benefits, compensation, organizational and leadership development, employee relations, recruiting, and office services.
"Annette has done an outstanding job leading our HR team since 2009, and we are pleased to recognize her efforts with this promotion," said Jude Thompson, Papa John's president and co-CEO. "I look forward to continuing to work with Annette and our leadership team to keep our culture special and keep our brand moving forward."
Calhoun joined Papa John's Human Resources team in 1999. She was promoted to Senior Director of Benefits in 2005, and was named Vice President, Human Resources in 2009.
Calhoun has more than 20 years of management and human resources experience in various industries including retail, hospitality, legal and restaurant. Prior to joining Papa John's, she served as the head of Human Resources for Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, a Louisville-based regional law firm, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of the firm's Human Resources function.
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John's is the world's third largest pizza company. For ten of the last eleven years, consumers have rated Papa John's No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John's also was honored by Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers' Choice in Chains in the pizza segment and was named 2007 Pizza Today Chain of the Year. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com.
Source: Papa John's International, Inc.