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A Decade’s Worth of Free Pies
Pizza Fusion franchisees Leigh and Bob
Anderson (left), along with CEO and co-founder Vaughan Lazar (right), awarded
free pizza for a year to Paul Chabai.
It’s a pizza lover’s dream: free pies for a decade. When Pizza Fusion ( pizzafusion.com),
the eco-friendly, Boca Raton, Florida-based chain, opened its newest location in Charlotte,
North Carolina, new franchise owners Bob and Leigh Anderson held drawings for 50 guests
and 10 Facebook entrants to win a free pizza each month for a year. Additionally, one guest
was selected to receive a free pie every month for 10 years. “We are really excited to open
our restaurant with a bang, which is why we’re giving away free pizzas and a variety of other
giveaways,” says Leigh.
The grand opening also featured a charity
raffle for two bicycles, with proceeds benefiting Camp CARE (Cancer Ain’t Really the End),
which provides year-round activities for children affected by cancer and their families in
the Charlotte area.
Some people thought Scott Anthony, owner of Fox’s Pizza Den
( foxspizzapunxsy.com) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, was crazy
when he first decided to donate the profits from one-day sales of
his famous Big Daddy pizza to the local fire department. But Anthony believes Pizza and Prevention Day, now in its 11th year, is a
win-win. The promotion helps provide equipment for firefighters
as well as lifesaving smoke detectors for Fox’s customers. With help from the
firefighters themselves, Anthony served more than 1,500 pies this year and sold
thousands of coupons for the 24” x 12” Big Daddy for $9.11, raising more than
$45,000 for local fire departments.
“Scott came to us with the idea after 9/11, and every year it beats the year
before. I’m just amazed at his generosity,” says fire chief Bryan Smith. “It starts
two months in advance as we coordinate with co-sponsors. Firefighters go to the
store two days before to start assembling boxes, and then, on the morning of the
event, we start at 8 a.m., kneading dough and making pizzas.” The firefighters
also man the phones and deliver pizzas, coupons for Big Daddy pies, batteries
and certificates for free smoke alarms.
Fox’s Pizza Den raised more than $45,000 for local
NFL superstar Peyton Manning, shown with Papa John’s
founder John Schnatter, was a fan of the chain before he
became a franchisee.
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Manning Goes Long With
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has started taking snaps
for Papa John’s ( papajohns.com) in his free time. Manning, a spokesman
for the franchise since 2011, has become the proud owner of 21 locations
in Denver. “Having Peyton as a franchisee is a huge win for our brand, especially for our customers in Denver, where our business has never been
better,” says Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter.
Manning admits he has been a fan of Papa John’s pizza for a long time
and believes the move makes good long-term business sense. “It’s a smart
investment now and will be long after I’m done playing football,” he says.