It’s that wonderful time of year again. Preparations for our annual golf tournament fundraiser are in full swing, and we expect to see a record-breaking turnout. It is this time of year that also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the impact that the Carino’s Foundation has made on the lives of families living in the areas we serve. One of our most recent and rewarding initiatives was our sponsorship of "Shirt Off the Back Night" at a Round Rock Express minor league baseball game.
As part of this sponsorship, we invited Autism Speaks to be the beneficiary of the evenings raffle sales. Eager baseball fans lined up to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Round Rock Express autographed player's jersey. The phenomenal support and generosity of the fans allowed us to raise $5,800 for Autism Speaks – a new record for this event.
The Carino's Foundation also presented a $30,000 check to Autism Speaks, generated from the fundraising promotion during April's Autism Awareness Month when the Carino's Foundation donated $1 for every Kid’s Meal sold at Johnny Carino’s.
In addition to the raffle and check presentation, Autism Speaks brought along many kids and families to participate in the evening's activities, including throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and being "baseball buddies" with the players during the national anthem. It was truly a special night for everyone, and the kids from Autism Speaks had a great time. This is such a great organization that does so many wonderful things for children and families, and we are truly proud to partner with them for a third consecutive year.
Beyond our efforts with the Foundation, our local Johnny Carino’s restaurants have been busy raising money in their respective communities benefitting organizations such as Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Ronald McDonald House, Caritas, Limbs for Life, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and many more. I am truly blessed to have so many great employees who are so passionate about serving their communities and helping others – and we are especially thankful for all of our wonderful guests, without whom we could not do the things that we do.
Once again, I thank our loyal customers and Carino's Foundation supporters for enabling us to help make a difference.
Creed Ford III
President, Carino's Foundation
President and CEO, Johnny Carino's