Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes announced today that their annual Easter Seals Fundraiser hosted at 20 regional restaurants raised $70,000—the largest amount raised since beginning the annual fundraiser in 2008. The money was raised from the sale of 34,754 bags of homemade chocolate chip cookies at Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in the Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, and St. Louis areas during the month of June. This year’s donation amount brings the three year total to $119,000.
To celebrate this year’s milestone, Sweet Tomatoes will host a check presentation at the Lombard Sweet Tomatoes on Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 am. Easter Seals staff, volunteers, children and families as well as the Sweet Tomatoes staff will all be in attendance.
“We’re thrilled at the participation we saw in the communities this year. We decided to work with Easter Seals three years ago because it reminded us so much of Sweet Tomatoes in its core values,” said Lesa Pickinpaugh, Director of Operations, Chicago. “They have a passion to serve, exemplify integrity and show their respect for each individual by helping all people with disabilities. In working with Easter Seals, we know our donation will make a difference and benefit families within Sweet Tomatoes communities.”
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com.
The funds raised will benefit seven Easter Seals affiliates, including Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Easter Seals UCP Heartland, Easter Seals Oregon, Easter Seals Washington, Easter Seals Colorado and Easter Seals Northern Rocky Mountain.