LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (NASDAQ:CPKI), home of the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, announced today they have raised $52,993.28 from a recent two-day fundraiser to help support disaster relief efforts for those who have been affected by the recent Alabama tornado. There was a tremendous response from the community at large that came to dine at the two participating Birmingham-area CPK restaurants and the company's co-founder and co-CEO, Rick Rosenfield, will be traveling from California with his wife Esther (Graffeo) Rosenfield, a Birmingham native, to personally deliver the check on May 25.
On April 27th, 2011, thunderstorms, severe winds and a massive tornado ripped through Alabama killing at least 248 people. In response to what is being called the nation's deadliest tornado disaster in 86 years, CPK donated 100% off all dine-in and take-out sales from both Birmingham, Alabama, locations on May 9th and 10th, to the Mid Alabama American Red Cross.
"We are truly moved by the community's response to our fundraiser and are thrilled to be able to raise nearly $53,000 for the victims of the Alabama tornado," said Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, co-founders and co-CEOs of California Pizza Kitchen. "This cause was close to our hearts and we are pleased to be presenting the check to the Mid Alabama Red Cross."
The American Red Cross has helped thousands of people after the deadly tornadoes destroyed neighborhoods throughout the southern region of the country. The money raised from CPK's fundraising efforts will go to those in need from the Alabama tornado, supplying food, shelter and medical supplies.
California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (NASDAQ:CPKI), founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain featuring an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at three Southern California venues including Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and STAPLES Center. Also included in the Company's portfolio of concepts is LA Food Show Grill & Bar, which is located in Manhattan Beach, California. The Company also has a licensing arrangement with Nestle USA to manufacture and distribute a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen products. For more details, visit www.cpk.com.
Source: California Pizza Kitchen