SOURCE: Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurants

Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurants

September 30, 2014 10:15 ET

Johnny Carino's "Big Crush" Promotion Raises Funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation and Young Survival Coalition With $2 for $5 Donation Deal in October

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) -  As part of its "Big Crush" promotion this October, Johnny Carino's, one of the nation's top Italian casual dining restaurant concepts, is offering guests who dine-in and donate $2 to its breast cancer fundraising effort, one $5 gift card for their next visit. Its goal is to raise $25,000 that will be split 50-50 by its charity partners, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and Young Survival Coalition (YSC).

"NBCF and YSC are two amazing charities that may have different missions, but have a common goal, which is to make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer," said Creed Ford III, CEO of Johnny Carino's. "We're confident our guests will support this year's Big Crush fundraising effort to stomp out breast cancer."

Based out of Dallas, NBCF's mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. And YSC is focused on helping young women (under the age of 40) with breast cancer with free educational resources and supportive services so they can face breast cancer empowered and hopeful.

"We are excited to partner with Johnny Carino's again this October," said NBCF Founder & CEO, Janelle Hail. "Last Mother's Day, they raised $25K to help provide early detection services for women in all 50 states. Their continued support will allow us to extend our life-saving programs and make an even greater impact on local communities across America."

"YSC is absolutely thrilled to have the support of Johnny Carino's with this generous fundraising and awareness initiative. We are grateful to Fired Up, Inc. for their commitment to YSC's mission of supporting young women affected by breast cancer and helping us ensure no young woman faces breast cancer alone," said Jennifer Merschdorf, YSC CEO.

Additional fundraising events are planned at Johnny Carino's restaurants throughout October. Johnny Carino's Big Crush is an annual October tradition for its restaurants to showcase select Italian wines and specialty dishes that highlights its Italian heritage.

About Johnny Carino's
Johnny Carino's, a Fired Up Inc. restaurant concept, is one of the country's top casual Italian dining restaurants. It serves a unique mix of classic Italian dishes, and their own spicy twist on Italian they call "Spiced Italian". All dishes made to order using the freshest ingredients available. They also offer a delectable selection of desserts and a wide selection of wines from across the globe. Visit for more information. Like Johnny Carino's on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest updates.

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today...Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit

About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)®
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers free resources, connections and educational materials so young women with breast cancer feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information, visit, call 877.972.1011 or connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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