LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Papa John's is celebrating the opening of unit No. 3,000 in New York City on July 13.

According to a news release, Nigel Travis, president and chief executive of the chain, and chairman John Schnatter, who founded the chain 21 years ago, will mark the occasion by ringing the opening bell that day on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Morning commuters moving through Times Square can get one of 8,000 free slices of Papa John's pizza.

At 11:30 a.m., the festivities move uptown to 89th Street and Amsterdam, where Travis and Schnatter will cut a tomato vine to commemorate the opening of unit No. 3,000.

At the celebration, Papa John's will donate $20,000 and thousands of tomatoes and other fresh produce to City Harvest, the world's oldest food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding New York City's hungry men, women and children. Additional activities at the event, which will run through 1:30 p.m., will include pizza sampling, family-friendly games and lots of giveaways sponsored by Coca-Cola, including four special edition Coke mountain bikes.

The celebration will expand throughout the New York metro area, where 3,000 slices of free pizza will be given away at 58 area Papa John's locations from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"We are very grateful to Papa John's for this generous donation," said Jilly Stephens, vice president of program services for City Harvest. "Working with socially conscious companies like Papa John's makes it easier for City Harvest to continue to work toward our goal of ending hunger in communities throughout New York City."

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