Sunshine Foundation

Papa John's Pizza Raises Over $46,000 on Dreams for Kids Day

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2nd annual Papa John’s Pizza Dreams for Kids Day held on April 27th, 2016 was a phenomenal success raising over $46,647 to support The Sunshine Foundation of Canada in their mission to make dreams come true for children living with severe physical disabilities or life threatening illnesses. Surpassing what was raised last year, the campaign was a true testament to community involvement with volunteers, staff, and customers joining together to support Sunshine Dreams and DreamLift programs at each of the five Papa John’s Pizza locations in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops, and Prince George with their generous donation of all proceeds and staff wages.

“The response from the community was astounding,” says Geoff Linquist, owner of the Kelowna and West Kelowna Papa John’s locations and community champion for the Papa John’s Pizza Dreams for Kids Day. “We had great support from the media in getting the word out and it really helped us reach our goal of raising as much money for Sunshine as possible. Today is a proud day for Papa John’s in B.C. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked together to make it happen.”

Local businesses and members of emergency services ordered multiple pizzas to support the campaign, sharing pictures of their stacked boxes on social media. Regional sports teams including the Okanagan Sun Football Team, Kelowna Rockets, Kamloops Blazers, and Prince George Cougars also got involved, having mascots and players deliver pizzas to delighted customers.

“We would like to thank Papa John’s Pizza from the bottom of our hearts,” says Nancy Sutherland, CEO of The Sunshine Foundation. “We could not do what we do without the support of community partners like Geoff and his team and we are deeply moved by the spirit of all the Papa John’s employees and customers who opened their hearts to Sunshine yesterday. You’ve made a big difference and we’re looking forward to making many more dreams come true next year.”

See photos from the 2nd annual Papa John's Pizza Dreams for Kids Day on our Facebook Page