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Friday Franchising News - September 9

Franchises Give Back

It's always the right time to give back to the community, and this week has seen franchises all over getting involved in charities and raising funds and awareness for a variety of causes. Learn how your favorite franchises are giving back in this week's Friday Franchising News!

Applebee's Raises More than $1.2 Million for Childhood Cancer Research

After it's month-long campaign in July, Applebee's has announced that more than 1,000 of the franchise's restaurants raised a record of more than $1.2 million for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The Foundation funds childhood cancer research and has partnered with Applebee's for eleven years straight to raise funds, bringing their total funds raised to more than $7 million since 2005. Participating Applebee's franchises raised funds by selling $1 or $5 lemon pin-ups; donating a portion of each lemonade sale through the Citrus Summer Squeeze promotion; and holding events for guests, including lemonade stands and donation nights.

Leah Pritchett Challenges Her Sponsor "Papa John" to Charity Drag Race

At this year's National Hot Rod Associations' Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, "Papa John" Schnatter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Papa John's International, Inc., faced off against Leah Pritchett in a "Charity Challenge" race. The challenge came days earlier from Pritchett via social media. They soon upped the ante to a $20,000 purse for charity, with the winner picking the charity of their choice. "Papa John" raced his famed 1971 Camaro Z28, the very car he had sold to keep his dad out of bankruptcy and start the very first Papa John's pizzeria. Pickett won the challenge against her sponsor, donating the funds to Riley Hospital for Children.

Pizza Hut Announces Literacy and Reading Campaign

Pizza Hut aims to transform lives by enabling access to educational resources, empowering teachers and inspiring readers in local communities through Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. The program began September 8, marking the 50-year anniversary of "International Literacy Day", and will feature actor Rico Rodriguez as project ambassador. Over the course of 10 years, this project will transform the lives of 100 million people by helping them become their best through literacy and reading. The program kicked off with Pizza Hut and its partners First Book and Rodriquez donating books to 100 second- and third-graders at a public elementary school in East Harlem. Pizza Hut franchises will be involved in the charity by fundraising from customers in restaurants and online as well as by organizing community engagement efforts to address literacy and inspire donations.

Build-A-Bear Celebrates National Teddy Bear Day with $5 Teddy Bears and Donations to Match

September 9 is National Teddy Bear Day, and Build-A-Bear Workshop is celebrating with limited edition commemorative $5 teddy bears and two additional bears available for $5. For every $5 teddy bear purchased, built and loved, the children's franchise will donated a furry friend to one of three charitable organizations: Toys for Tots in the US; Boys and Girls Club of Canada in Canada; and Childhood First in the UK. The National Teddy Bear Day celebration also kicks off more than a year of celebrations for Build-A-Bear's 20th birthday celebration in 2017.

Molly Maid Reaches 20 Years of Supporting Domestic Violence Victims

2016 marks Molly Maid’s 20th year of raising awareness of domestic violence and providing assistance to local shelters and agencies. Molly Maid Founder David McKinnon established the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996, and the nonprofit organization has since raised nearly $2.5 million. Molly Maid is the only residential cleaning franchise to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and each October the franchise system comes together for the Ms. Molly Making a Difference Drive in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Local Molly Maid franchises contribute to the cause by collecting funds and personal care items to donate to community shelters, and franchise owners donate a portion of every house cleaning to the cause.

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