On Saturday, August 9, Chris and Melissa Daniels, who own Jersey Mike's Subs at 9211-12 Tryon St., Charlotte,?will donate free lunch for more than 200 local children at Mooresville Municipal Golf Course. Jersey Mike's also arranged an appearance by inspirational speaker and golfer Dennis Walters.
"It's exciting to be part of a company like Jersey Mike's that takes its commitment to giving back to the community as seriously as Melissa and I?do," said Chris Daniels.? "These kids will have fun and they?will also be inspired?by Dennis Walters who became a trick-shot golfer after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. The program teaches life lessons as well as golf lessons. ?We hope this encourages kids to reach for their own?dreams."
The lunch is part and parcel of Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems national commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves. This summer, Jersey Mike's, in conjunction with The First Tee, will bring a message of hope — and subs — to thousands of underprivileged children through sponsorship of inspirational events throughout the country.
"We are proud to partner with The First Tee, an organization that shares our commitment to America's youth," said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's founder and CEO. ?"Giving back to the community has been a part of Jersey Mike's culture right from the beginning."
Sponsoring events like this is personal for Mr. Cancro who founded Jersey Mike's at age 17, before he was even legally able to slice a sub.? Mr. Cancro credits an important mentor — his football coach — for believing in him and supporting his dreams.? Today, Jersey Mike's has more than 400 locations open and in-development in 26 states coast-to-coast.
"Everyone can benefit from the inspirational stories of others who have overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams," said Mr. Cancro.? "That's what this program is about and we believe in the message of hope these kids will come away with when they listen to Dennis Walters speak."
The original Mike's Subs opened in Point Pleasant, NJ in 1956.? Today, Jersey Mike's (www.jerseymikes.com) has more than 400 locations open and in-development in 26 states coast-to-coast. From the beginning, giving back to the communities served has been a guiding principal. Over the past year and a half, Jersey Mike's franchisees, corporate offices, and co-op groups throughout the country have rallied to their founder's call raising nearly $200,000 for worthy causes including those in New Jersey such as The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The JT Foundation Team for Autism, Holiday Express, Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. It's a philosophy that Jersey Mike's founder and CEO, Peter Cancro, emphasizes to each and every Jersey Mike's store owner: support the community that supports you.
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
Dennis Walters (in cart) with assistant Nathaniel
In cart: Dennis Walters; In rear: Dennis' assistant Nathaniel, Josh Funderburk & Vinnie Diaco