SOURCE: Johnny Carino's Restaurants

Johnny Carino's Restaurants

May 27, 2015 12:30 ET

Johnny Carino's Raises Over $80,000 for Autism Speaks and Autism Society in April, Selects Winning Art Work Among Hundreds Submitted at carinos.com/artforautism

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - May 27, 2015) - Johnny Carino's restaurants raised more than $80,000 in April for Autism Speaks and Autism Society, which will divide the funds 50-50. Johnny Carino's surpassed its goal of $80,000 during its fundraising campaign in April, which is National Autism Awareness Month.

The funds were raised from guests who donated $3, and as a reward for their donation, they were given two $5 gift coupons that they can use on their next visits to Johnny Carino's. The unique and generous promotion from Johnny Carino's spurred guests to contribute financially and learn about the impact of autism in their community.

Johnny Carino's also selected one winning art work among hundreds that were submitted on its social website at carinos.com/artforautism, which features an online gallery of art work by children and adults with autism. Johnny Carino's team selected a drawing by Fallon Wright, 9, who attends The Westview School in Houston. Fallon was honored with a plaque at a lunch ceremony at the Johnny Carino's in Katy on May 24th.

The custom-built site was created so individuals with autism can upload their art work and share their brilliance and imagination with the world. The site will continue to stay live indefinitely so anyone diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder can still upload their art work to the online gallery.

"We are grateful to all our guests who generously contributed to our fundraising efforts for autism. Their donations will make a difference in helping our charity partners continue their mission," said Creed Ford III, CEO of Johnny Carino's. "We are also thankful to all individuals who participated and shared their art work with us."

With this successful fundraising campaign, Johnny Carino's has now raised more than $300,000 for Autism Speaks and Autism Society since its first campaign in 2010.

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.

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