Penn Station East Coast Subs Announces Partnership With National Down Syndrome Adoption Network
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Penn Station East Coast Subs Announces Partnership With National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

Sandwich chain commits to annual donation to support organization

May 19, 2020 // Franchising.com // MILFORD, OHIO - Penn Station East Coast Subs has announced a formal partnership with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN), which will be generously supported by Penn Station, Inc. moving forward. Penn Station’s support allows the NDSAN to provide information, resources and support to expectant, new and adoptive families across the country.

“Our founder, Jeff Osterfeld, has personally donated to the Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati for more than 20 years and the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network for almost a decade, and it has become Penn Station’s charitable cause as well,” said Penn Station President Craig Dunaway. “Almost everyone knows someone affected by Down syndrome, and it is often a less publicized cause, so it has been a great fit for us. In addition to our annual roundup campaign for local Down syndrome organizations, Penn Station, Inc. will provide an annual donation to fund the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. We are thrilled to make this partnership more official and commit to the donation every year.”

The NDSAN was founded in 1982 as a program of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Each year, the NDSAN is contacted by more than 75 expectant parents, who usually have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child. The NDSAN provides a safe place for expectant parents to process their emotions related to their child’s diagnosis. Providing accurate, up-to-date information about Down syndrome is also very important, as many families know very little about Down syndrome. The NDSAN also connects expectant parents with other families who have chosen adoption and/or are parenting a child with Down syndrome.

“All of the services of the NDSAN are offered free to families,” said Stephanie Thompson, director of the NDSAN. “Therefore, the generosity of Penn Station is critical to fulfilling its mission and ensuring that children with Down syndrome have the opportunity to grow up in a loving family."

About Penn Station East Coast Subs

Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves an assortment of fresh-grilled and cold deli sandwiches, wraps and salads made to order with high-quality ingredients. The menu also includes fresh-cut fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and fresh-baked chocolate chunk cookies baked in the restaurant.

Penn Station has more than 310 locations in 15 states including Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and now Nebraska. A brand that prides itself on longevity, Penn Station is celebrating 35 years in business in 2020.

With all but one store being franchised, Penn Station focuses on franchisee’s profitability and return on investment. This mentality led to Penn Station being named one of the Best Franchises to Buy by Forbes in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and one of the Best Franchise Deals by QSR Magazine in 2016 and 2017.

Penn Station supports the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN) annually with a donation. In addition to this support, Penn Station partners with local Down syndrome associations to raise money. Each March, Penn Station hosts a systemwide campaign to raise money for the local Down syndrome associations across the Midwest and Southeast, donating almost $300,000 in 2019 and 2020.

Projections call for the opening of 10 to 15 restaurants nationwide in 2020. Penn Station is targeting Kansas City, Omaha, Charlotte, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Richmond and Raleigh for franchise expansion.

About the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN) is the ensure that every child with Down syndrome has the opportunity to grow up in a loving family. The NDSAN is generously supported by Penn Station Inc. Penn Station’s support allows the NDSAN to provide information, resources and support to expectant, new and adoptive families across the country.

The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network was founded in 1982 as a program of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. More than 90% of expectant families who contact the NDSAN have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child. Often, the option of adoption is not presented to expectant parents at the time of diagnosis. The majority of families find the NDSAN through a Google search.

Each year, the NDSAN is contact by more than 75 expectant parents. The NDSAN provides a safe place for expectant parents to process their emotions related to their child’s diagnosis. Providing accurate, up-to-date information about Down syndrome is also very important, as many families know very little about Down syndrome. The NDSAN also connects expectant parents with other families who have chosen adoption and/or are parenting a child with Down syndrome. Of the expectant families who contact the NDSAN, roughly half decide to parent their child, and the other half make the loving decision to create an adoption plan for their child.

The NDSAN also maintains a registry of approximately 40 families who want to adopt a child with Down syndrome. Most of these families have a connection to Down syndrome, either a family member or someone they know through their community or work.

All of the services of the NDSAN are offered free to families. Therefore, the generosity of Penn Station is critical to fulfilling its mission and ensuring that children with Down syndrome have the opportunity to grow up in a loving family.

SOURCE Penn Station East Coast Subs

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