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03/22/2011 – 100 percent of the profits for the day will be donated to the organization

(CRYSTAL LAKE, IL; March 22, 2011) – Nick’s Pizza & Pub is hosting a benefit to support the Children’s Center for Autism (CCA) on Thursday, April 28, 2011. The benefit is one of the largest held for the year and is hosted in conjunction with April’s National Autism Awareness Month. The total net profits generated for the day will be donated to the CCA.

Community involvement is a core value of the restaurant, according to owner Nick Sarillo. “We have a responsibility to the community in which we do business, and what better way to honor our neighbors than to support a local children’s foundation.”

This is the eighth year that Nick’s Pizza & Pub is hosting the CCA benefit. Guests are invited to support the CCA by dining in or carrying out anytime on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kid-friendly activities will be taking place at the restaurant throughout the day, including face painting, crafts and a fun photo opportunity to get a picture taken with the Nick’s Pizza & Pub moose for just $1! From 6 to 8 p.m., guests of all ages can participate in a rousing game of bingo in the banquet room, complete with popcorn and chances to win prizes.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Nick’s Pizza & Pub for the eighth annual benefit,” says Shawna Egan, founder and president of the CCA. “Each year, the restaurant’s team assists us in making the benefit more successful than the last. What a perfect example of how businesses and nonprofit organizations can work together to improve our communities.”

Along with dine-in and carryout, guests can purchase tickets for admission into the CCA Benefit Tent in the Nick’s Pizza & Pub parking lot from 6 to 10 p.m. This tent will feature pizza, local craft beers, games for the family and more. Silent and live auctions will take place inside the tent, along with cash raffles and other prizes. Tickets are $40 per adult, $10 for ages 13 to 20, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets for the tent activities, call 815.759.7061.

Last year’s autism awareness benefit at Nick’s Pizza & Pub raised more than $32,000 for the CCA. The center provides services and resources for autistic children throughout McHenry County, IL, and beyond, as well as hosts achildren’s group home called Sage House. Autism is a neuro-biological disorder of the brain with a wide variety of symptoms that affect communication, social interaction, sensory regulation and behavior. For more information, call 815.759.7061.

About Nick’s Pizza & Pub

Award-winning pizza, lively atmosphere, impeccable service and attention to detail are found at Nick’s Pizza & Pub, serving pizza with a purpose. Nick’s Pizza & Pub is located in the northwest Chicago suburbs of Crystal Lake and Elgin. CEO and owner Nick Sarillo has been recognized by Inc. magazine, Newsweek and FOX Business for his dedicated approach to quality management and leadership training with his staff. This company’s Purpose is simple and true: “The Nick’s Experience! Our dedicated family provides this community an unforgettable place; to connect with your family and friends, to have fun and to feel at home!” The restaurant company is a 2011 Illinois recipient of the National Restaurant Association and founding partner American Express’ Restaurant Neighbor Award. Nick’s Pizza & Pub is open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., at both locations. For more information on catering, banquets and the restaurants call the Crystal Lake location at 815.356.5550 and the Elgin location at 847.531.5550 or visit




Media Contact:
Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
77 Riverside Drive
Elgin, IL 60120
(800) 217-5362 or (847) 695-7540

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