Dallas-based Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar raised $100,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide, during its annual Valentine's fundraiser to support the organization's efforts in funding critical research toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
During the recent Valentine's fundraiser, Boston's restaurants across the United States sold 23,366 heart-shaped pizzas, 27,711 desserts and 42,777 paper hearts. An additional $6,146 was raised through local events held at various Boston's locations. Boston's donated all proceeds from the paper hearts and $1 from each food item sold to JDRF research.
"We are very grateful to our patrons, franchisees and community leaders for their support in this endeavor," said Mike Best, Boston's chief operating officer. "With their help, we doubled the amount of paper hearts sold and more than tripled the funds raised for JDRF from last year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with JDRF and to setting a new fundraising record in 2011." This was the second year the Boston's U.S. restaurant system partnered with JDRF to raise awareness and funding for the treatment and cure of type 1 diabetes. The Valentine's fundraiser tradition began 11 years ago by its parent company, Boston Pizza in Canada. In 2009, the U.S. Boston's Valentine's promotion raised $31,041 for JDRF.