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For Immediate Release

Friendly’s Ice Cream Dishes Out More Than $230,000 to Easterseals

Chicago, IL, June 1, 2016

Media Contact:
Susan Thomas
sthomas@easterseals.com
312-551-7138
www.easterseals.com

Lynn Bolton
lynn.bolton@friendlys.com
413-731-4239
http://www.friendlys.com

Today, Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC announced that its company-wide ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign raised $230,000 for Easterseals which will help fund programs and services that make positive and profound differences in the lives of children and families challenged by disabilities. Friendly’s has raised more than $29 million for Easterseals since it began the ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign in 1981.

“At Easterseals, we provide vital programs and services to help individuals and their families living with disabilities and support from Friendly’s makes all the difference to ensure those programs are available in local communities,” said Randy Rutta, president and CEO of Easterseals.  “Friendly’s ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign helps Easterseals’ affiliate organizations improve the quality of lives, one child at a time.”

Funds raised through Friendly’s 2016 ‘Cones for Kids’ campaign will benefit 18 Easterseals affiliates that have programs designed to help children with disabilities learn basic functions and master the skills needed to thrive.

“For 35 years, Friendly’s restaurant guests and employees have consistently embraced ‘Cones for Kids,’” said John M. Maguire, President and Chief Executive Officer, Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC. “Community involvement is important to both our guests and team members.”

About Friendly's Ice Cream, LLC

Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC is a vertically integrated company with an iconic brand name, serving signature sandwiches, burgers and ice cream desserts in friendly, family restaurants and offering a wide variety of packaged ice cream and other frozen treats in retail stores across America.   Together with its franchisees, the company has system-wide sales of over $500 million. For 80 years, Friendly’s restaurants and dedicated service teams have delighted generations of guests.  Friendly’s retail division distributes ice cream cartons, cakes, sundae cups, rolls and novelty items in over 8,000 retail locations throughout all 50 states.  For the future, Friendly’s has plans for new food and ice cream products, bright new restaurants and different ways for us to reach and satisfy customers.  For additional information please visit www.friendlys.com.

About Easterseals

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families facing disability. Through the work we do in communities across America, Easterseals is changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Join us as we take on disability together at www.easterseals.com  

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