Local Pizza Hut raises $1,000 for Family Promise

PLATTSBURGH - Pizza Hut has raised some major dough to help the less fortunate.

The Cornelia Street Pizza Hut recently donated $1,000 to Family Promise of Clinton County, an organization which provides shelter and meals for families who find themselves without a home. The money was raised through donations made to Pizza Hut's World Hunger Relief effort.

Restaurant general manager Dan LaPierre said $2,700 was raised between the Cornelia Street and U.S. Avenue locations to help fight world hunger. The $1,000 donation to Family Promise was a percentage kept local, he said.

"It was awesome. Everyone was fully invested in getting behind the effort," said LaPierre.

Lead server Jennifer Castine said she was impressed by the generosity of her patrons.

"As difficult as the times have been, they were pretty generous," said Castine. "We had a lot come in donate again and again and again."

"A lot of my regular customers donated every week and that helped a lot," added shift manager Tammy Fournia.

Family Promise director Maureen Bradish said the donation was "a total surprise."

"I feel very honored they picked our organization," said Bradish. "With times the way they are, we're all having a harder time to maintain our budgets, so we feel very privileged for this donation."

Overall, Daland Corporation, the parent corporation of the two restaurants, raised $82,000.

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