West Palm Beach
– From now through through February 13th Friendly’s Ice
Cream Corporation launches its annual Valentine’s Day Fundraiser to
benefit local Easter Seals Camp programs.
Each year since
1981, Friendly’s employees and guests join forces to help change the
lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities.
Through their efforts they have raised $25.2 million to date; more
than $619,000 in 2008 alone!
Restaurant guests who make a $1 donation to Easter Seals will
receive 5 Valentine’s Day cards, redeemable for free Friendly’s Kid
Cones plus $5 off a $25 purchase coupon for parents.
To double-dip in
the fundraising, Friendly’s in Palm Springs will hold a “Celebrity
Scoop Night” on February 5 from 5-7pm where Virginia Lang from WiLD
95.5 and Jay Cashmere from WPTV NewsChannel 5 will be scooping up
ice cream and serving guests. Tips from the evening will support the
Easter Seals camp program.
Then on February 7
from 10am – 3pm, Friendly’s in Boynton Beach will host a Fun Day to
raise additional funds for Easter Seals. Families can enjoy bounce
houses, clowns, finger painting, raffles, entertainment and games.
Everyone loves a Friendly’s Ice Cone…
“Kids and families
know that it’s never too cold outside to go for an ice cream cone.
Servers make sure that every guest has a chance to give,” says Kevin
McNamara Vice President, Operations Support Services, Friendly’s Ice
Cream Corporation. “‘Cones for Kids’ is good for business and we
know that our contributions to Easter Seals make it possible for
children with disabilities to have a great summer camp experience.”
Funds raised will
support Easter Seals Camp Challenge in Sorrento, FL. Thanks to Camp
Challenge, children are able to build a sense of independence and
accomplishment. Camp provides an opportunity for kids with
disabilities to be included in regular camp activities including
swimming, arts and crafts, fishing, music recreation, and nature
“We’re so inspired
by Friendly’s enthusiasm to help our children! The funds they raise
will support our ability to send children with special needs to Camp
Challenge over the summer”, said Rhonda Clinton, executive director
for Easter Seals Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Regions. “What a
wonderful gift they’re giving our children, and much-needed respite
needed for their families. Thank you Friendly’s!”
About Friendly Ice Cream Corporation
Friendly Ice Cream
Corporation is a vertically integrated restaurant company serving
signature sandwiches, entrees and ice cream desserts in a friendly,
family environment in more than 500 company and franchised
restaurants throughout the Northeast. The company also manufactures
ice cream, which is distributed through more than 4,000 supermarkets
and other retail locations. With a 73-year operating history,
Friendly’s enjoys strong brand recognition and is currently
revitalizing its restaurants and introducing new products to grow
its consumer base. To find a Friendly’s near you, visit