Edible Arrangements franchisee Nick D’Alleva joined other relatives recently for the three-day MS Challenge Walk through the streets of Cape Cod, Mass. to help raise funds toward finding a cure for MS.
D’Alleva first became aware of the realities of multiple sclerosis when his brother-in-law, Carl Lombardi, and Carl’s daughter, Melissa, were both diagnosed with the disease just nine years apart. In 2005, Carl’s brother, Kevin took part in a fundraising walk for the National MS Society and shortly thereafter, Nick joined in.
The next year they pulled more family members together to create the “Lombardi Party” as a group fundraising team. And now, just six years later, the “Lombardi Party” is the largest fundraiser for MS in the state of Massachusetts.
Already this year the group has raised $56,000, thanks in large part to D’Alleva’s decision to use his Edible Arrangements franchise as a tool in the fight against MS. Earlier this year, he approached fellow Edible Arrangements franchisees in the area to help him raise funds through a special promotion. The group raised $10,000 and now there are discussions about taking the effort into other markets.
Members of Subway Development Corporation of Washington, D.C presented a check for $330,000 during their 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament to the American Diabetes Association.
This is the second year that the regional development office for the SUBWAY chain has made the American Diabetes Association their charity of choice, bringing their total giving amount to $630,000. The majority of the donation was raised from the sale of “Stop Diabetes Hands,” where customers visiting area SUBWAY restaurants could make a $1 donation to the Association and receive a pin-up Stop Diabetes hand. More than 1,100 SUBWAY restaurants across the region participated.
Togo’s joined forces with the California Library Association for the second year in a row to reward local students for reading this summer. As part of the California Summer Reading Program, Togo’s recognized more than 100,000 students ranging in age from five to 18 years of age for their hard work with a certificate for a free Kids Meal or Mini Classic Meal with any six-inch sandwich purchase.