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KC Make A Wish Participation (revised KT 05.25.15)
Contact: Sanderson & Associates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015
KANSAS CITY SARPINO’S PIZZERIAS UNITE TO MAKE WISHES
COME TRUE WITH MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.)--- “Sarpino’s stands for more than just providing quality pizza,” said co-
owner Jennifer Bauer, “Sarpino’s is also a responsible community partner that contributes to the
neighborhoods we serve”. Six Sarpino’s Pizzerias across Kansas City, Missouri lead by owners
Ben Harris, Andrew Porter, Doug Stoehr, Steve Darpel and Jennifer Bauer joined efforts to
collect donations for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri. Grassroots involvement has always
been a part of the Kansas City area Sarpino’s Pizzeria branding philosophy. Make A Wish
Missouri allowed the six area restaurants to consolidate fundraising efforts city wide to
contribute towards benefiting children with life-threatening conditions by granting their fondest
Beginning in January of this year and running until April 30, participating Sarpino’s
Pizzeria locations donated $1 from specific menu items and provided an option to online
customers to donate in increments of $1, $3 or $5 while placing their orders.
Each Sarpino’s Pizzeria location had the ability to "adopt" a certain child's wish. To reach
the monetary goal necessary to grant the wish, Sarpino’s Pizzeria owners trained phone
personnel to inform customers about their location’s partnership with Make-A-Wish. They
printed area-wide box toppers advertising the Make-A-Wish meals; bought radio time, emailed
the loyal Sarpino’s customer and posted the news to each location’s Facebook page spreading
the word in public. “Such level of hands on participation for the great cause, said co-owner
Jennifer Bauer, demonstrated Sarpino’s commitment to giving back within community”.
The Sarpino’s Vivion restaurant adopted the wish of a local 4-year-old girl, Alice, letting
her live out her dream of visiting Disney World in Orlando, Florida. At her wish reveal party all
25 guests enjoyed pizza, pasta, salad and drinks buffet style delivered by Sarpino’s staff
members. “We experienced up close the joy and hope that wish granting provides to both the
child and their family”, remembered Jennifer Bauer.
Participating Sarpino’s Pizzeria’s include Andrew Porter’s Westport Sarpino’s located at
905 Westport Rd and Vivion Sarpino’s located at 311 NE Vivion Road; Ben Harris’s Overland
Park Sarpino’s located at 12520 Quivira Rd and Leawood Sarpino’s located at 3804 W 95th St;
Steve Darpel’s Sarpino’s Shawnee located at 6232 Nieman Road; and Doug Stoehr’s Sarpino’s
Lee’s Summit located at 506 SE M291 Highway.
All Kansas City Sarpino’s Pizzeria locations look forward to building a lasting relationship
and fundraising initiatives with Make A Wish Missouri and grant more wishes next year.
ABOUT SARPINO’S PIZZERIA
Sarpino’s Pizzeria currently has 48 fully operational locations in eight states across the U.S.
They have a total of 65 fully executed franchise agreements. They expect to have 65 locations
open by the end of 2015 and 350 locations within five years. Target markets with current store
opportunities include Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and
Jennifer Bauer (center) and Kazys Tilvikas with the Make-A-Wish recipient, Alice