SOURCE: Carino's Italian

April 12, 2010 09:01 ET

Carino's Italian Raises Funds for Autism Speaks From April 12th-30th With New "Pasta Points" Reward Program

For Every New Reward Club Member, a Dollar Will Be Donated to Autism Speaks

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) - Carino's Italian restaurants today announced the introduction of its new loyalty reward program, Pasta Points, which is free for guests to join. It also announced that participating restaurants will donate a dollar to Autism Speaks™, from April 12th through April 30th, for every guest that registers for Pasta Points. April is National Autism Awareness Month.

In addition to the donation, guests that register to join the reward program will receive a free mini dessert. Guests can pick up a card at the restaurant and then register it online at http://www.carinos.com/pastapoints.

"Autism Speaks supports Carino's Italian's efforts to raise awareness and funds for autism," said Patricia Robbins, Director of Autism Speaks Texas. "There is still much to learn about autism, and with 1 in 110 children in the U.S. affected by it, it is extremely important to educate everyone about this growing disorder."

Carino's Italian has also transformed its web site to the color blue, for the entire month of April, to show its participation in Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign. Many of the country's famous buildings, including the Empire State Building in New York City, turned their lights blue on April 1st to signal the start of National Autism Awareness Month. More information about autism can be found at http://autismspeaks.org.

"Signing up for Carino's Italian's Pasta Points reward program is an easy way for guests to receive free meals and dining credits," said Creed Ford III, CEO of Fired Up, Inc., owners of Carino's Italian restaurants. "And if they sign-up today through the end of April, they will also be helping a great cause."

Guests receive one point towards their Pasta Points reward account for every dollar spent at a participating Carino's Italian location. Guests can ask their servers for more information about Pasta Points or visit, http://carinos.com/pastapoints.

About Carino's Italian Restaurants

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Carino's Italian owns and operates over 70 restaurants nationwide in conjunction with over 60 franchise partner locations. Carino's Italian offers a wide selection of original, fresh, delectable dishes at superior value that every family can afford to enjoy. Carino's Italian Restaurants are wholly owned by Fired Up, Inc. For more information on Carino's Italian Restaurants visit www.carinos.com. Be a fan on Facebook at http://facebook.com/carinositalian and follow Carino's Italian at http://twitter.com/carinositalian

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