SOURCE: Johnny Carino's Restaurants

Johnny Carino's Restaurants

April 02, 2015 10:29 ET

Johnny Carino's Raises Funds for Autism Speaks and Autism Society in April With $3 for $10 Donate and Dine Deal, Launches Interactive Website Featuring Artwork by Children and Adults With Autism

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2015) - Johnny Carino's, one of the nation's most popular Italian restaurant companies, continues its longstanding mission to join in the challenge for autism awareness. Throughout April, which is National Autism Awareness Month, guests who donate $3 to the fight to take on autism will receive two $5 gift coupons (total of $10) that can be used on their next visits to Johnny Carino's. All the funds raised in April will be donated and split 50-50 to Autism Speaks and Autism Society.

Johnny Carino's also created an interactive website at carinos.com/artforautism that features a gallery of artwork by children and adults in the autism spectrum. The interactive site also allows parents of children and adults with autism to upload artwork directly to the site. A few of the uploaded artwork may be selected to be framed and exhibited at select Johnny Carino's restaurant.

"Our mission in April is to celebrate the artwork of creative kids and adults with autism, as well as educate our guests about autism, which is no longer just a family issue, but has become a community issue," said Creed Ford III, CEO of Johnny Carino's. "I am so proud of our Johnny Carino's patron for their participation in our giving back promotions."

"Carino's has been a valuable partner to Autism Speaks and all families touched by autism for many years. Their continuous hard work and selfless dedication demonstrates the commitment to our communities, and we at Autism Speaks are humbled and honored by Johnny Carino's," noted Sara Rankin Wilson, Executive Director of Autism Speaks, Texas.

"We are so proud of our partnership with Johnny Carino's. We applaud the outstanding leadership and dedication of everyone associated with Johnny Carino's, in helping each person impacted by autism to have full opportunities and options to maximize their quality of life. Johnny Carino's is simply wonderful," said Scott Badesch, President/CEO, Autism Society of America.

Since 2010, Johnny Carino's has raised more than $250,000 for Autism Speaks and Autism Society.

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 are 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 www.carinos.com for more information. Like Johnny Carino's on Facebook and follow on Twitter for the latest updates.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org

About Autism Society
The Autism Society of America is the oldest, most inclusive of parents, professionals and individuals with an autism diagnosis and largest grassroots autism organization in our nation. Founded in 1965, millions impacted by autism have been helped and supported through the work of 104 local and state affiliates all assuring that money raised locally is used to support local needs. The goal of the organization is to help each person living with autism maximize their daily quality of life throughout their life. For more information go to www.autism-society.org

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