LaRosa’s Team Member Relief Fund Update: Nearly $ 400,000 Raised
Program Continues to Assist nearly 4,000 Team Members & Their Families Across 65 Pizzerias in Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
May 06, 2020 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OHIO - In early April The LaRosa Family and LaRosa’s Family Pizzerias launched the LaRosa’s Team Member Relief Fund with $100,000. Since then, the fund has grown to $ 391,090 through over $ 130,000 in Buddy Card sales, cash donations from LaRosa’s guests and The LaRosa Family dollar-for-dollar match. The Relief Fund is directly supporting all LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria’s nearly 4,000 team members and their families, and will continue to be active until LaRosa’s dining rooms open again.
“Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana have started opening again, however at this point we’re not certain when we’ll be able to open our dining rooms. So it’s important that we keep adding to the fund so that we can continue helping our Team Members & their families”, said Michael LaRosa, CEO, LaRosa’s, Inc.
100% of the proceeds from LaRosa’s $10 Buddy Cards for sale in its pizzerias and online go directly to the Relief Fund. The Buddy Card is a popular promotion that has helped hundreds of groups and organizations to raise funds who have sold them over the past nearly 30 years. It features 14 ‘buy-one large pizza and get a large cheese pizza free’ offers for pick up and dine in and is valid for a year.
Guests and the community-at-large can buy Buddy Cards at LaRosa’s pizzerias in person. Or, Guests can add a Buddy Card to an order when using the LaRosa’s app. LaRosa’s will even bring a newly- purchased card along with a delivery order. Guests who would like to simply donate to the Team Member Relief Fund can donate directly through the app, by calling or online.
LaRosa’s is offering something to help guests get through these unprecedented times, too. Now until LaRosa’s dining rooms open again, when Guests use any active Buddy Card- newly purchased or one that is months old- just like they usually do, LaRosa’s will not deduct any offers from the Buddy Card.
LaRosa’s was founded in 1954 on Cincinnati’s West Side by Buddy LaRosa. It is now a $167 million restaurant company with 65 pizzerias serving neighborhoods in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
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