April 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lancaster, Pa. - Auntie Anne's, Inc., the world's largest franchisor of hand-rolled soft pretzels, was recently named the Pennsylvania state winner for the Restaurant Neighbor Award.
The Restaurant Neighbor Award is presented by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation to a restaurant or company for its outstanding community service programs or projects. Auntie Anne's was recognized with this award because of its work with charitable partners, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) and The First Tee.
"We're thankful to the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association awards committee for honoring us with this prestigious award," said Bill Dunn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Auntie Anne's. "As a company founded with the purpose of giving back, we're proud to continue that vision twenty-six years later through our charitable efforts with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and The First Tee."
Since forming a national charitable partnership with ALSF in September 2011, the company has raised more than one million dollars for childhood cancer research through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local pretzel rolling contests, and Auntie Anne's C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. In a continued effort to fund cures for childhood cancer, Auntie Anne's will be launching its third annual fundraising campaign in stores this summer.
Auntie Anne's and The First Tee, a youth development organization that provides educational programs using the game of golf as a platform, partnered in 2013. Auntie Anne's hopes to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs by aiding in the teaching of career development and community leadership through its annual Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum.
Auntie Anne's, which started at a farmer's market stand in 1988, mixes, twists, and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased the stand to provide the income needed for their vision of providing free counseling services to families and couples in their community. Building on their founder's vision to give back, Auntie Anne's is committed to serving others. In the past 10 years, Auntie Anne's and its employees, franchise partners, and crewmembers have donated nearly $5 million to charitable organizations. For more information, visit Auntie Anne's website, Facebook page, Twitter or YouTube account.
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