Tampa, FL (February 18, 2020) – Award-winning PDQ restaurants (People Dedicated to Quality) announced that they raised $67,000 as part of a recently completed giveback campaign at all of its locations. The initiative saw PDQ partner with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of its award-winning Crispy Chicken sandwich as well as donations from guests at all locations from December 3 through January 13. This partnership included working with the local clubs and PDQ restaurants to give back within each of the communities.
PDQ will make check presentations at its local restaurants for all donations over $1,000, which includes 15 different clubs across the country. PDQ will present a check for $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay (FL), 10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida (FL), $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast (FL), 4,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida (FL), and $2,500 each to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (FL), Cabarrus County (NC) and Marion County (FL). Other clubs who will receive $1,000 or more include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alachua County (FL), Lee County (FL), Hicksville (NY), Manatee County (FL), Palm Beach County (FL), Polk County (FL), Sarasota County (FL) and Wake County (NC).
“Our giveback campaign with local Boys & Girls Clubs was a tremendous success, and we are extremely thankful to all of our guests who supported this important initiative,” said Bob Basham, PDQ Co-Founder and Principal Owner, and a Trustee and Past Board Chair for the Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay Foundation. “Like our PDQ team members, the Boys & Girls Clubs are filled with People Dedicated to Quality who have been impacting lives for decades and our team was honored to be able to partner with them through this initiative.”
“We are grateful to PDQ who leveraged their brand to impact multiple communities serving youth through Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Chris Letsos, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. “We appreciate the philanthropy of a company headquartered in Tampa that uniquely markets a product with a cause, while also celebrating the work of dedicated Club Professionals throughout the shared markets.”
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Since 1926, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay has been a positive force in the community; enabling young people to become productive, responsible and caring citizens through structured programming, safe learning environments and dedicated staff. With a focus on three core priority outcomes – Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Improving Character & Leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay provides opportunities to build new skills that raise a Club Member’s belief that he or she can succeed and receive recognition for personal, social and academic accomplishments. With multiple Clubs and Middle School sites throughout Hillsborough and Pasco County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay makes futures great for more than 19,000 young people each year.
Founded in 2011, award-winning PDQ – short for “People Dedicated to Quality” – offers chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed and convenience of the fast food and fast casual segment. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. Beloved throughout the Southeast for its famous hand-breaded chicken tenders and signature sauces, PDQ also crafts delicious sandwiches, salads and hand-spun milkshakes fresh in store, every day. PDQ is committed to creating deep roots in its local communities and has given millions in dollars and in-kind donations to charities, schools, and organizations since its inception. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa (FL) and the concept now has locations in Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.
Jeffrey Kamis, PDQ – jkamis@eatPDQ.com; 813-784-3642