BOSTON PIZZA LOCATIONS ACROSS ALBERTA RAISE FUNDS FOR SLAVE LAKE

Boston Pizza Foundation donates $20,000 to kick-off campaign

EDMONTON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, May 25th, $5.00 from the sale of every medium and large pizza sold at any of the 93 Boston Pizza locations in Alberta will be donated to help with the rebuilding of Slave Lake.

"Boston Pizza International, the Boston Pizza Foundation and our franchisees in Alberta have joined together to help raise funds for the rebuilding of Slave Lake, Alberta," says Alan Howie, Regional Vice President, Boston Pizza International.  "With a Boston Pizza restaurant in Slave Lake, we have been following the events over the past few weeks very closely and this fundraiser will help our friends and neighbours during this difficult time."

The Boston Pizza Foundation has committed $20,000 in support of Slave Lake and this, along with all funds raised in-store, will be directed towards the rebuilding phase of relief efforts.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Slave Lake and all those affected by recent events," said Cheryl Treliving, Executive Director, Boston Pizza Foundation.  "We also recognize the tremendous efforts of the volunteers and residents who have worked tirelessly around the clock throughout the community."

About Boston Pizza International Inc.                                                                                                        Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 340 restaurants in Canada. Annually, Boston Pizza serves more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and was named one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital for 2007 and 2008. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C. and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For more information visit www.bostonpizza.com.

About the Boston Pizza Foundation                                                                                                           The Boston Pizza Foundation raises funds for many charities across Canada, including Kids Help Phone, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Since its inception in 1990, the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised more than $12.1 million through various fundraising initiatives, the money raised supports local, national, and global non-profit organizations, all of which directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. For more information visit www.bostonpizza.com.

SOURCE Boston Pizza International Inc.

For further information:

Perry Schwartz
Director of Communications, Boston Pizza International
905-361-3616
schwartzp@bostonpizza.com

Michelle Schepel 
Manager of Partnerships and Programs, Boston Pizza Foundation
(604) 303-6375
schepelm@bostonpizza.com


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