SOURCE: Carino's Italian

May 06, 2011 10:00 ET

Carino's Italian Raises $50,000 in April for Autism Speaks and Autism Society With All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Entrees

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 6, 2011) - Carino's Italian today announced that it reached its goal of raising $50,000 in April (National Autism Awareness Month), which will be split evenly between Autism Speaks and Autism Society. The funds were raised by donating a dollar for every all-you-can-eat pasta entrée sold as part of the restaurant chain's Pasta Harvest promotion. The donation will be made through the Carino's Foundation, the restaurant's nonprofit charitable giving arm.

"We thank all our guests who showed support for our fundraising efforts for autism by ordering from our Pasta Harvest menu and enjoying all-you-can-eat pasta, sauce, salad and bread in April," said Creed Ford III, CEO of Carino's Italian. "We are proud to hit our goal of selling 50,000 pasta entrées, but more important, to raise awareness and funds for autism, which affects so many families in the United States today."

This is the second consecutive year that Carino's Italian raised funds for autism through its Pasta Harvest celebration. Pasta Harvest is an annual tradition at Carino's Italian that features all-you-can-eat pasta entrées, soup, salad and bread for as low as $8.99. Guests can choose from more than 30 different pasta and sauce combinations.

Carino's Foundation has raised more than 2.5 million dollars for various nonprofit and charitable organizations through the last decade.

About Carino's Italian

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Carino's Italian owns and operates 68 restaurants nationwide in conjunction with over 70 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. For more information about Carino's Italian, please visit To receive the latest updates, please "Like" Carino's Italian on Facebook at and follow Carino's Italian on Twitter at

About Carino's Foundation

Carino's Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Carino's Italian. Through the years, Carino's Foundation has supported many charitable organizations that focus on the needs of children from hunger relief to medical care to research. It has raised more than $2 million for various nonprofits since 1997. For more information about Carino's Foundation, please visit:

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