Sweet Charity! Earls Restaurants Easter chocolate campaign raises funds to
benefit Children's Hospital Foundations

Purdy's Chocolates to produce Earls 'Thoughtful Chocolate Bar'

NORTH VANCOUVER, March 9 /CNW/ - Earls is celebrating the 12th year of its annual fundraiser to raise funds for local Children's Hospital Foundations. The 50g milk chocolate bars created by Vancouver's Purdy's Chocolates, will be available for $2.00 from March 3 until Easter at each of Earls 61 restaurants located in Canada and the United States.

The fund raising goal for this year is $40,000. It will be donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation or Children's Charity in each community where Earls operates. Over the past twelve years, they have raised over $600,000, thanks to the generosity of Earls' customers.

"Earls is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve," says Stanley Fuller, CEO, Earls Restaurants Ltd. "Easter is an exciting time for children, we are looking forward to dedicating four weeks within our restaurants to help brighten a child's future."

Earls launched this fundraiser with Gingerbear cookies in December 1998 and sold the Bears every year until 2006 to raise funds for local Children's Hospital Foundations. To mark the tenth anniversary in 2007, they teamed up with a local chocolatier, to produce a handcrafted chocolate Bear. In 2009, Earls continued with a chocolate program through a new partnership with Purdy's Chocolates and the Thoughtful Chocolate Bar. With a great partnership and shared dedication to quality and value, the program has been a grand success.

More about Earls: Since opening its first location in 1982, Earls has continually raised the bar in casual dining, offering customers great food at a great price, in a fun and relaxed environment. Today, with 61 Earl's locations across Canada, Arizona, Colorado and Washington, each location remains consistent in quality and service. The staff at Earls goes beyond customer expectations with their exceptional service, creating an environment where customers feel welcome. These attributes, along with a stellar menu infused with international flavors and dishes, is what sets Earls apart from the competition. For more information, see www.earls.ca

More about Purdy's Chocolates: www.purdys.com


For further information: For further information: Taili Coates, Earls Marketing Manager at tcoates@earls.ca or (604) 990-6224

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