Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its commitment to the communities it serves, raised $50,000 in the first quarter of 2009 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). For the first time, the company rallied its entire national network of franchise owners to action to support a singular cause. Tens of thousands of coupons were distributed in markets throughout the country entitling recipients to a free regular sub upon presentation of the coupon and $1 donation to the charity.
"We are very aware that some of our greatest charitable organizations are becoming even more essential in these tough economic times," said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike's. "We want to thank all of our customers and franchisees who participated in the fundraiser. These contributions offer kids the chance to believe in, and achieve, their dreams and that will make a huge difference in our world."
In addition to the coupon fundraiser for BGCA, Jersey Mike's store owners in many cities invited members from local Boys & Girls Clubs in to hear their stories of entrepreneurism, see how the business is run and try their hand at making an authentic sub made "Mike's Way" (the company's popular way to top a sub with onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a signature blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar and spices).
"Many thanks to Peter Cancro and Jersey Mike's - this support enables us to continue to fulfill our promise of helping young people reach their full potential," said Cyndi Court, executive vice president, BGCA. "We also appreciate the time the Jersey Mike's store owners spent with our members. It is a learning experience the children will never forget."
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been changing and saving young lives. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs include leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach.
Jersey Mike's, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 400 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support. Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike's serves authentic Northeast style subs on fresh baked bread - the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago. The company's mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike's can be found atwww.jerseymikes.com.
Members from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA, getdate(), getdate() ), such as this group from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville (SC, getdate(), getdate() ), visited local Jersey Mike's Subs to hear stories of entrepreneurism, see how the business is run and try their hand at making authentic subs. This was part of Jersey Mike's national fundraising initiative which raised $50,000 in the first quarter of 2009 for the organization. For the first time, the company rallied its entire national network of franchise owners to action to support a singular cause. "We are huge proponents of mentoring, which is why we are so inspired by the work of Boys & Girls Clubs," said Jersey Mike's founder Peter Cancro. He started the sub business when he was only 17 and credits an important mentor â€“ his football coach - for believing in him and supporting his dreams.Â