TAMPA, FL (April 2016) – PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) restaurants and Autism Speaks are partnering to help raise funds this April as part of Autism Awareness Month. A portion of proceeds from the sale of every Spicy Buffalo Bleu Tenders Sandwich combo meal will be donated to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The goal is to raise $25,000.
The fundraising drive is among many activities during Autism Awareness Month, designed to promote understanding of the disorder that affects one in 68 children. Donations to Autism Speaks fund cutting-edge research, advocacy initiatives and free resources. They include Autism Speaks Tool Kits, which were downloaded more than 75,000 times in 2015, and the Autism Response Team, which last year answered more than 51,000 inquiries from families.
"We are thrilled to partner with PDQ in our Dine Out for Autism program," said Peter Morton, Autism Speaks vice president of corporate development. "We're grateful to the employees and leadership of PDQ and share the company's commitment to innovative solutions that meet the needs of families and communities."
“Autism impacts so many lives, and our goal is to not only raise significant dollars but bring awareness to this disorder,” said Nick Reader, PDQ CEO and co-founder. “Several of our families at PDQ have loved ones on the autism spectrum, and we want to spread awareness with the help of our caring team members and PDQ guests.”
PDQ’s Spicy Buffalo Tenders sandwich combo meal includes two crispy chicken tenders on a brioche bun with lettuce and buffalo bleu sauce, choice of hand-cut fries or blueberry cole slaw and a beverage. For a list of PDQ locations, visit http://www.eatPDQ.com/locations.
Autism is a general term for a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
PDQ is a fast casual restaurant known for their hand-breaded chicken tenders, hand-tossed salads, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand-spun milkshakes with dine-in, drive thru or catering options. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. The partners spent more than two years developing the concept behind the brand and quality of the food and establishments. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa, Florida and the concept now has 53 locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. PDQ prides itself on delicious sandwiches and salads made with the finest ingredients and their 12 signature sauces and dressings are homemade every day on-site. PDQ stands out from other quick service restaurants by featuring an open kitchen, allowing guests to see the food preparation from start to finish. Restaurant Business Magazine recently named PDQ as the number one fastest growing small chain in America and Nation’s Restaurant News chose PDQ as a 2014 Hot Concepts recipient. All menu items are under $10 and combo meals start as low as $7.69. PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with dine-in seating and a drive-thru. Catering is also available for events and carryout. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.