Seekonk Dickey's Barbecue Raises Funds for Community Autism Resources Friday

Local Restaurant Holds Customer Appreciation Day, Fundraiser

SEEKONK, Mass., March 16, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit's Seekonk location will hold their Customer Appreciation event Friday, March 18th, raising funds for Community Autism Resources and serving up one dollar pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches for all.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. where patrons can enjoy the sandwiches and all festivities until 1 p.m.

The store, located at 20 Commerce Way in Seekonk, will donate 5% of net sales to Community Autism Resources and give a 20% discount to organization members.

Owner/Operator Doug Comolli said autism is a cause dear to his heart.

That is why he chose this organization to benefit from Dickey's customer appreciation day.

"It is important to honor our customers, but it is also important to give back to this great community. So, we decided 'why not do both?' My niece has autism, so I know how this disease affects not only children and individuals who have it, but their families as well. This event is a platform to rally around those families and the organization helping them here in Seekonk," he said.

Dickey's encourages all franchise owners to engrain themselves in the surrounding community.

"We want to give the franchisees a foundation for success with a strong business model and ongoing support, but then we leave it in their hands to make their Dickey's a community staple," President Roland Dickey Jr. said.

Dickey's is a national brand, but each restaurant is locally owned.

The first Dickey's Barbecue opened in 1941 in Dallas, TX.

The original location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.

Dickey's only began franchising in 1994.

Now, there are 145 locations in 33 states. The company has 60 more locations in the pipeline to open before the end of 2011.

Committed to exceptional quality, even today, Dickey's still slow smokes all of their signature meats overnight in every restaurant.

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue

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