|Kristen Leone, Easter Seals
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation
Friendly's Dishes Out $1.16 Million for Easter Seals
Announces 2007 Campaign Results that Help Children and Adults with Disabilities
Chicago, April 2, 2007 - - Friendly Ice Cream Corporation today announced results of its 26th annual 'Cones for Kids' Valentine's Day fundraiser to benefit Easter Seals. Since the conclusion of last year's campaign, Friendly's has raised $1.16 million to help children and adults with disabilities, exceeding 2006 results by 14 percent. Most dollars were raised during 'Cones for Kids', with additional donations generated during two FREE kid meal promotions. This year's success brings Friendly's overall total raised for Easter Seals to more than $24.5 million since 1981.
'Cones for Kids' is a 26-year tradition that Friendly's restaurant guests and employees consistently embrace—it's really a part of our culture," said George Condos, chief executive officer and president of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation. "We know that every dollar raised truly makes a difference to kids and adults with disabilities, and their families, in the communities we serve."
Each year, the money raised through 'Cones for Kids' helps Easter Seals provide such comprehensive programs and services as medical rehabilitation, assistive technology, inclusive child care, adult day centers, and even camping and recreation for children and adults living with autism and other disabilities.
"After all these years, I continue to be amazed by Friendly's commitment and enthusiasm to supporting Easter Seals," said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "'Cones for Kids' continues to make such a real difference in the lives of the many people with disabilities our organization serves."
Friendly Ice Cream Corporation (Amex:FRN) is a vertically integrated restaurant company serving signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly, family environment in more than 510 company and franchised restaurants throughout the Northeast. The company also manufactures ice cream, which is distributed through more than 4,000 supermarkets and other retail locations. With a 71-year operating history, Friendly's enjoys strong brand recognition and is currently revitalizing its restaurants and introducing new products to grow its customer base. Additional information on Friendly Ice Cream Corporation can be found at www.friendlys.com.
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com
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