Topper's Charity of Choice - SickKids Foundation
The Toppazzini family, of Topper’s Pizza, is pleased to announce that SickKids Foundation was selected as the pizzeria chain’s “Charity of Choice” in support of children’s health.
“We’re proud to select SickKids Foundation as our corporate charity,” said Keith Toppazzini, president and chief operating officer of Topper’s Franchise Company Inc., owner of the Topper’s Pizza brand. “As a family-run business with strong family values, it makes perfect sense to support a charitable organization that does so much for so many families across our province, Canada and around the world.” The partnership falls under the company’s corporate social responsibility program.
“Many of our customers as well as our Topper’s Pizza employees have been patients at SickKids, or know of family or friends in the community that have been helped by SickKids. By providing opportunities to donate to SickKids, both customers and employees have eagerly welcomed the chance to support SickKids,” said Sharron Fry, head of marketing and communications at Topper’s. “A special thank you to our customers, staff and the Toppazzini family, all of whom have been extremely generous in their support.”
Funds raised through year-long donations in-store will be directed towards SickKids’ AboutKidsHealth Program, a world-leading education online resource that delivers trusted, medically proven health content for paediatric patients and their families across Canada.
A portion of the proceeds from designated menu combos are donated to SickKids Foundation’s Healthy and Happy Campaign. The Healthy and Happy campaign is founded on the belief that every child deserves to be healthy and happy. The annual campaign, launched in 2011, brings to the forefront health issues that affect children. The campaign is brought to life during the month of May through awareness, education and fundraising.
In addition to raising donations, the Toppazzini family donates their time every year in the SickKids Annual Halloween Parade bringing the festivities of Halloween to children in the hospital. The Toppazzini family dresses up in costumes for the parade and brings gifts for each Trick Or Treater that they visit.
“By partnering with SickKids, we are making a considerable commitment to support children’s health and we couldn’t be happier to do it,” said Kelly Toppazzini, chairman and CEO of Topper’s Pizza, noting that the partnership is also a good fit with the Topper’s School Pizza Program, which is 100 per cent nutritionally compliant with the Nutrition Standards for Ontario Schools.