CiCi's Pizza Teams Up With Special Olympics Georgia

Local Restaurants Kickoff Fundraising Efforts in July

COPPELL, Texas, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This month, 20 participating* CiCi's Pizza locations across Georgia will raise money for Special Olympics Georgia. From Monday, July 16 through Monday Aug. 13, all participating Georgia CiCi's restaurants will give guests the opportunity to purchase and personalize "Buy a Smile, Be a Fan" Special Olympics paper logos for $1. The logos will be displayed in the restaurants and all proceeds from the logo sales will benefit Special Olympics Georgia.

The fundraiser will conclude on Aug. 13 with a "Dough Raisers" event, a one-day challenge for CiCi's guests to purchase enough "Buy a Smile, Be a Fan" Special Olympics paper logos to cover an entire law enforcement vehicle. In addition to the logo proceeds, CiCi's will donate 10 percent of that day's sales to Special Olympics Georgia.

"At CiCi's we care about our communities and all the families that make them great," said CiCi's Field Marketing Manager Lauren Albright. "Special Olympics Georgia does so much for our neighbors and we're honored to engage our restaurant teams and guests to give back to such a worthy cause."
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This training gives participants the opportunity to develop physically and emotionally while experiencing joy and sharing gifts, skills and friendships.

"Special Olympics allows people with intellectual disabilities to be part of a larger community of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters," said President and CEO of Special Olympics Georgia, Georgia Milton-Sheats. "Partnerships with organizations like CiCi's Pizza allow us to boost our fundraising efforts and help more individuals and families in Georgia."

CiCi's will partner with other state Special Olympics programs in the South Atlantic, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida on this fundraising event. For locations nearest you, visit http://cicispizza.com/enjoy-cicis/locations.

*The CiCi's Pizza located at 1876 Jonesboro Road in McDonough will not participate in this fundraising event.

About CiCi's Pizza

Coppell, Texas-based CiCi's Pizza opened its first restaurant in Plano, Texas in 1985, and is now one of the nation's fastest growing pizza chains. The family-oriented restaurant, known for its pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet, has about 550 restaurants in 34 states and has garnered notable recognition. G.I. Jobs named CiCi's a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise®. In 2011, Zagat recognized CiCi's on its list of most child-friendly fast-food chains, and Entrepreneur named CiCi's first in its category on the Franchise 500 list. CiCi's has also been named to Inc. Magazine's top 5,000 list and Parents' list of top family-friendly restaurants. For more information about CiCi's, visit www.cicispizza.com or www.facebook.com/cicis.
For franchising information, contact Bruce Evans at bevans@cicispizza.com or 972-745-9318.

About Special Olympics Georgia

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information on Special Olympics Georgia, visit www.specialolympicsga.org.

SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia

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