January 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // MORRISTOWN, NJ - Villa Italian Kitchen, announced the winner of its Holiday Wish & Win Sweepstakes and the grand prize of $3000, a Hamilton, New Jersey resident, Shawn Monforte.
"Timing was like a miracle come true," says Shawn, who's 16 year old son Nate, has been suffering from a life threatening illness - ITP (an autoimmune blood disorder), and has undergone a few surgeries in the last year. Nate's body does not have enough platelets that help stop bleeding and very little is known by doctors about this disease. Nate is a high school junior, but has not been able to attend high school due to his illness. The family has been struggling financially as well as emotionally during this time, so "Winning this prize is a miracle that will truly help in so many ways during this very difficult time" said Shawn.
Shawn travels for business and eats at Villa Italian Kitchen at airports and malls. "I was shocked and then thrilled when I found out I won! I love to have their pizza to go and I'm a big meat lover!" he exclaimed. Shawn plans to use the winnings to pay for his son's Service Dog needed for his therapy. "Nate is doing well, and will be even better now that we can get him a service dog. It keeps hope in your heart. My family and I are so thankful to our friends at Villa for making this happen!"
Villa's Holiday Wish & Win Sweepstakes was held in-store and online on its Facebook page where 40+ random winners received a $25, $50 or $100 gift card instantly, and all entrants were entered into the Grand Prize Sweepstakes to win $3000. The winner was chosen at random, Shawn Monforte.
"We couldn't have wished for a better winner," said Andrew Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Operations, Villa Enterprises Management. "Knowing that the prize is going to help Shawn and his family, especially Nate, makes it so special."
Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants feature Neapolitan pizzas handmade with fresh dough, 100% whole milk mozzarella and homemade sauce. Villa's handmade Stromboli is also a favorite, and Italian pastas and entrees make for a delicious lunch or dinner. Villa offers large to-go orders and catering, perfect for pizza lovers, the family and events.
Villa was founded 50 years ago, and built its business on the strict loyalty to authentic old-world recipes that Michele Scotto brought with him from Naples, Italy in 1964. From the first pizzeria that opened in 1964 next to the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York, that commitment to quality food and genuine hospitality is still the hallmark of Villa.
Villa Enterprises is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor. Founded in 1964 by Michele Scotto, a Naples, Italy native, Villa Enterprises began as a small pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Today, Villa Enterprises is an international organization celebrating its 50th anniversary with more than 370 quick-serve restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations.
Villa's QSR brands, including Villa Italian Kitchen, Green Leaf's, Bananas, South Philly Steaks & Fries and Far East, can be found across 40 U.S. states and eight additional countries. Villa also operates 12 full-service restaurants in suburban New Jersey under the 40North brand including The Black Horse Tavern & Pub, The Office, Steelworks Buffet & Grill, Piattino and George & Martha's. For more information, please visit www.villaenterprises.com.
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