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Toonies for Torches at Boston Pizza (Posted On: Tuesday, May 22, 2007)

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Collingwood/Blue Mountains O.P.P. and Boston Pizza Collingwood team up to offer local residents a special opportunity to be served by local Law Enforcement officers in support of Special Olympics Ontario. Visit Boston Pizza on Thursday May 24, 2007 between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

Law Enforcement officers will lend their support at all participating Boston Pizza locations in Ontario for three days in May. They will be collecting donations for Special Olympics Ontario by selling “Toonies for Torches”. Guests are invited to write motivational messages to Special Olympics athletes on paper torches which will be posted throughout the restaurants.

Boston Pizza’s third-annual “Toonies for Torches” fundraiser is expected to raise $45,000. Money raised goes towards funding sports equipment, facility rentals, Special Olympics events, athlete training, and the expansion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Special Olympics Ontario relies on the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors to help raise the $6 million needed to provide year-round programs of fitness, recreation and competition for the 16,000 Special Olympics athletes across Ontario.

Boston Pizza franchisees and staff are committed to being active members of the local community and supporting charitable organizations. Boston Pizza is proud to support Special Olympics Ontario, an organization that helps thousands of athletes gain self-confidence and lead healthy lives.

About Special Olympics Ontario
Special Olympics Ontario is part of a dynamic world-wide charitable organization dedicated to promoting a more active and better quality of life for people who have an intellectual disability through their involvement in sport.

About Boston Pizza International Inc.
Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 265 restaurants in Canada and 2006 annual sales in excess of $647 million. The company has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies since 1993. Boston Pizza International Inc. is headquartered in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario, and Laval, Quebec, to support its expansion. For more information, visit http://www.bostonpizza.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Kilbride, General Manager
Boston Pizza Collingwood
705-443-8776 / Fax: 705-443-8766
kilbridek@bostonpizza.com

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