Cousins Subs® In Franklin, Wis. Supports Mission Of Kayla’s Krew

Restaurant Makes Monetary Donation To Help Build All-accessible, All-inclusive Playground In Franklin

July 29, 2015 // // FRANKLIN, WIS. – Cousins Subs® located at 7178 S. 76th and 7700 S. Lovers Lane Road in Franklin, Wis. contributed more than $1,970 to support the mission of Kayla’s Krew - to build an all-inclusive playground in Franklin that is inspiring and truly all-accessible for children and families of any age and ability.

“By building an all-accessible, all-inclusive playground, Kayla’s Krew aims to enable all who have special needs to forget about the challenges that they are presented with daily while teaching able-bodied individuals the value of friendship and compassion,” said Shelly Runte, founder of Kayla’s Krew. “Kayla’s Krew envisions the playground as a platform for the community to embrace all abilities.”

Construction on Kayla’s Playground located at Franklin Woods Nature Center on 3723 W. Puetz Road will begin with a prebuild on Sept. 2nd - 4th. The larger community build begins Sept. 22nd and ends at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27th. The playground will then have the special Poured In Place (PIP) rubber surfacing installed. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Oct. 9th and all community members are invited to attend to celebrate the City of Franklin’s first all-inclusive, all-accessible playground.

“Hearing Shelly’s real-life story about her daughter Kayla was one of those stories/examples of the beauty of life, the fragility of life and the importance of every human being,” said Tom Jones, owner of the Franklin Cousins Subs. “To see Shelly’s heartfelt love and passion for helping others through building Kayla’s legacy is amazing.”

Tom Jones is a nine-year Cousins Subs franchisee owning and operating five locations throughout Franklin, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Greenfield. As a local business owner, Jones and his teams have a profound dedication to giving back to the communities they call home. Over the last five years, Jones’s restaurants have donated more than $50,000 to local organizations. Each of his teams work daily to consistently improve the lives of those around them, both through the quality of the food they serve and in the communities they support.

“Life is relationships, and to see a mother (Shelly), to see parents persevere through such a difficult situation is inspiring. It forces you to examine your heart, it forces you to take perspective of your life and to ask yourself how can I help,” said Jones. “You begin to look at the little things that we struggle with and see that others have greater needs, and that working together is the best way to help each other. Kayla’s Krew’s purpose and mission have inspired my team and I, we are proud to help in whatever way(s) we can.”

To discover ways in which you can assist Kayla’s Krew in their mission, volunteer to help in building Kayla’s Playground, or to purchase a personalized picket for $40, visit

About Cousins Subs®

Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs®, a family-owned, fast casual sub shop established in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin, is driven by the mission to Believe in Better – both in the quality of food it serves and in the communities it supports. Cousins Subs and its franchisees operate more than 110 sub sandwich shops throughout Wisconsin and Arizona, providing guests with quality deli fresh and made to order grilled subs using only the freshest ingredients on its signature bread baked daily. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Kayla's Krew

Kayla's Krew is working to build an all-accessible and all-inclusive playground in Franklin, Wis., affiliated with Penfield Children's Center a non-profit 501 (c) (3). The mission of Kayla's Krew is to build an all-accessible, all-inclusive playground in Franklin, Wisconsin that is inspiring and truly all-accessible for all children and families of any age and ability. Their goal is to provide a common ground to enrich social skills through play, create friendships for a lifetime, and promote Peer Advocacy programs through collaboration with community partners.

The vision of Kayla's Krew is to enable all who have special needs to forget about the challenges that they are presented with daily while teaching others the value of friendship and compassion. They envision the playground as a platform for the community to embrace all abilities. Kayla's Krew hopes to foster life lessons that cannot be taught out of a textbook but rather experienced firsthand and with the heart. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Cousins Subs®

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