WI Pizza Huts Look to Top $1 Million in 2016 Share Your Heart Campaign

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WHG Cares and Pizza Huts raise money for kids infected or directly affected by HIV/AIDS through May 22nd.

Wisconsin Hospitality Group, Pizza Hut, and Camp Heartland logos

WHG | Pizza Hut | Camp Heartland

“We are happy to continue our support of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and their families."

Wisconsin Hospitality Group, operator of 74 Pizza Hut restaurants in the state of Wisconsin, is launching its annual five-week Share Your Heart campaign on April 24th throughout all of its restaurants. The campaign has raised more than $900,000 for Camp Heartland during the last 15 years and this year’s effort is expected to push total donations beyond one million dollars. Proceeds raised will support Camp Heartland programs and operations, which provides children afflicted with HIV/AIDS the ability to enjoy an exciting and progressive summer camp experience.

Last year, our local Pizza Hut locations raised more than $68,000 for Camp Heartland. The funds were used to provide the camp state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.

Camp Heartland, operated by One Heartland is a national nonprofit whose mission is to serve children and youth ages 7-15 infected or directly affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization operates one-week camps which provide these children a welcomed relief from the rigors of everyday life. Through shared experience, psychological support and countless activities, campers experience strides in their personal and social development.

“We are happy to continue our support of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and their families,” said Mark Dillon, President and CEO of Wisconsin Hospitality Group. “Pizza Hut has always been committed to encouraging and strengthening our communities and we are honored to support Camp Heartland again this year.”

All Wisconsin Hospitality Group Pizza Hut locations participate in the Share Your Heart campaign. The funds are raised through the sale of $1 paper hearts. In addition to fundraising efforts in the restaurants, employees also organize initiatives in their communities in an effort to raise additional money to support the cause.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support our partners at Wisconsin Hospitality Group have given us over the years,” says Camp Heartland Executive Director Patrick Kindler. “It’s not every organization that dedicates so much time and effort to doing good on behalf of communities in need. We are proud to have had Wisconsin Hospitality Group Pizza Huts partner with us for the last 15 years – here’s to 15 more.”

Wisconsin Hospitality Group, a local restaurant franchise group, and its two restaurant brands, Pizza Hut and Applebee's, through the generosity of its guests and the hard work and charitable efforts of its team members, have raised more than $2.4 million for local charities in the past 15 years. To learn more about our other fundraising campaigns, go to whgcares.org

Wisconsin Hospitality Group has become the largest Wisconsin-based food service franchise company in the state; they own and operate 110 restaurants across Wisconsin. Headquarters located in Waukesha, WHG operates 36 Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants and 74 Pizza Hut Restaurants, all committed to guest satisfaction and community support.

Camp Heartland provides a place of complete acceptance and freedom from social isolation. Through shared experience, psychosocial support and a lot of fun, campers experience leaps in personal growth and social development. Learn more at http://www.oneheartland.org/camps-and-programs/camp-heartland.

Media Contacts:

Denise Harris
Director of Marketing
Pizza Hut Hospitality Group    

Patrick Kindler
Executive Director
One Heartland
patrick(at)oneheartland(dot)org; 651.245.7448

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