Heart-sized serving

By Kassidy Christensen

February 21, 2017 12:00 AM

LOVIN' FROM THE OVEN Marina Stephenson, owner/operator of Boston Pizza Lloydminster serves up a hot slice of heart-shaped pizza on Valentine's Day. One dollar from each pizza sold on the day went towards the Boston Pizza Foundation's Future Prospects Program. KASSIDY CHRISTENSEN LLS PHOTO

Pizza event raises thousands of dollars for charity

In the spirit of lover’s day, Boston Pizza Lloydminster was serving up heart shaped pizza for their annual Valentine’s Day promotion.
One dollar from every pizza sold on Valentine’s Day, heart shaped or not, was donated to Boston Pizza Foundation’s Future Prospects program that provides children in need with positive role models in their community.
Along with the pizzas sold on Valentine’s Day, guests who visited the restaurant between Feb. 1 and 14 had the opportunity to donate $2 to the foundation and receive a paper heart.
As a token of appreciation, Boston Pizza also gave a $5 off coupon to patrons who donated the two dollars.
New this year to Boston Pizza’s fundraising initiative is a Future Prospects Red Velvet Cake, which will be sold until April 2.
One dollar from each cake sold will go toward the program.
Marina Stephenson, owner/operator of Boston Pizza Lloydminster said the local store’s grand total to date between the sale of the pizzas, hearts and red velvet cakes was $2,800.
On a national scale, Stephenson reported $466,704 was raised across all Boston Pizza locations across Canada so far.
Stephenson originally set a local goal of raising $3,000, which will be achieved and then some after the tally is in from the sale of the Red Velvet Cakes.
“I said my goal was to raise $3,000 and we’re going to meet that goal, which is great,” Stephenson said.
“I’m at $2,800 now.”
Since the inception of the Future Prospects program, the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised more than $24 million, and each year provides children in need with more than 200,000 hours of mentorship.
All funds go towards the Future Prospects program, and Stephenson is then allotted a percentage of funds to give to local community initiatives.
At a local level, Stephenson said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster receives funds from Boston Pizza on a yearly basis.
“We know that definitely goes back to them in this local community,” Stephenson said. “They are the ones who have benefitted the most from us.”
Other initiatives including the Lloydminster Rescue Squad and the Lloydminster and District SPCA have received funds from the restaurant.
Stephenson explained the funds raised help several other organizations, some including “JDRF, Rick Hansen (Foundation), Kids Help Phone, Live Different,” she said.
“There are a number of key initiatives that really involve children.”
Stephenson said it feels amazing to have such support from the community.
“I’m so proud to be part of this community and to see what our community gives back on an ongoing basis year after year.
“I want to say thank you Lloydminster for help making this happen,” Stephenson said.

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