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March 19, 2014 13:26 ET

Pizza Pizza, Pizza 73 Raise $300,000 for Children's Miracle Network in 2013

Slices for Smiles program reaches $1.3 million in total donations to children's hospitals since 2008

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 19, 2014) -

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Pizza Pizza Limited, with the help of customers of its Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 banners, has raised $300,000 for children's hospitals in 2013. Generated as part of the Slices for Smiles program, the funds will go to Children's Miracle Network and its 14 member children's hospitals coast to coast. The total represents an increase, year after year since the inception of the partnership in 2008, bringing the grand total to over $1.3 million in total funds raised for Canada's leading children's hospitals.

"We are so proud of our customers, partners and team members," said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73. "One in four Canadians has visited a children's hospital, so supporting Children's Miracle Network is one of our most concrete forms of corporate giving. We are honored to be able to help make a difference through the Slices for Smiles Foundation and look forward to beating our record again next year."

The $300,000 raised through the Slices for Smiles Foundation this past year will remain within the communities in which they were raised and support the local Children's Miracle Network member hospitals for that region. This donation will help fund critical services, leading-edge research and excellence in care for millions of children in Canada.

"These funds are critical to the care and treatment of children," said John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer for Children's Miracle Network. "Over 4,900 children rely on the critical services and support provided by our member hospitals in Canada on a daily basis. Our partnerships with such committed organizations, like Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73, is crucial in helping to fund excellence in health care."

More than 460 Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 restaurant locations across Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and British Columbia participated in two Slices for Smiles fundraisers in April and October. Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73 also organized events with Children's Miracle Network member hospitals, patient ambassadors and local personalities to raise awareness and donations for the cause. Donations were also collected in store, online, by phone and through the company's mobile ordering apps.

About Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. These donations have support critical research, purchase life-saving equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca.

About Pizza Pizza Limited

With more than 720 locations spread across seven provinces, Pizza Pizza Limited is Canada´s pizza pioneer and a quick-service restaurant leader. The company owns and operates two banners, Pizza Pizza and Pizza 73, that together with its network of operators and franchise partners deliver quality food choices, diverse menus and exciting promotions for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. Since 1967, Pizza Pizza Limited has been guided by a vision to provide the "best food, made especially for you" with a focus on quality ingredients, customer service, continuous innovation and community involvement. In 2013, Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine named Pizza Pizza Limited Company of the Year. Visit www.pizzapizza.ca and www.pizza73.com for more information.

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