More than 50 Denny’s restaurants in Arizona, including in Payson, will join the fight against pediatric cancer this week by participating in Ella’s Tea Party, an organization committed to helping children who are battling the childhood disease.
Following Denny’s fund-raising success for Ella’s Tea Party in 2010, the event this year will take place March 3-16 and aims to surpass last year’s $16,621.66 total.
Denny’s participation last year provided half of the total funds needed to initiate creation of a specially designated license plate in Arizona, which when purchased will provide a constant source of funding for pediatric cancer research.
Customers at participating Denny’s restaurants can purchase a paper tea cup for a donation of their choice, with all funds going directly to the organization. Childhood cancer is the number one nonviolent death of children, with one in five diagnosed with cancer not successful in treating their condition.
Children in treatment face challenges, most notably risk of infection.
Ella’s Tea Party’s mission is to help fund safer, more effective treatments.
“We are really excited to again be working with Ella’s Tea Party on such a meaningful and important mission. The organization is dedicated to honoring the courage of these amazing children battling this challenging disease,” said Glenn Beattie, a franchisee who operates six Denny’s restaurants in Arizona, Phoenix, Casa Grande, Eloy and Thatcher.
“Denny’s hopes that by introducing our customers to this cause once again, we can help Ella’s Tea Party make a difference and raise those final funds needed.”
“We are deeply appreciative of this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research,” said Lyndon Vidrine, founder of Ella’s Tea Party and father of the foundation’s inspiration, Ella, who has battled cancer since she was 19.