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TGI Friday's is Leaving a Lasting Imprint

Bartender Competition & Footprints Benefit NAAR
April 23, 2007

T.G.I. Friday's is leaving a lasting imprint and supporting autism research.

For a second consecutive year, T.G.I. Friday's is blending the perfect concoction of spirit and good will to support autism research through the 2004 Eastern New York Division Shake, Rattle & Pour Regional Bartender Competition, which benefits the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and the Long Island Walk F.A.R. for NAAR autism research walk.

T.G.I. Friday's is also conducting a Footprintsprogram in several New York and New Jersey area restaurants. This program provides T.G.I. Friday's customers the opportunity to purchase a NAAR Footprint for a donation of $1 or $5 by simply asking their server. All proceeds from the program benefit NAAR and autism research.

“We are excited to be partnering with T.G.I. Friday's again in 2004 and are grateful for their extraordinary support that raises both funds and awareness for autism research,” said Glenn R. Tringali, NAAR's chief executive officer.

The bartender competition is currently under way in several T.G.I Friday's in the greater New York area. Event organizers expect to break last year's totals, which raised more than $65,000 for research. Several T.G.I. Friday's in the greater Boston area also made NAAR the beneficiary of their bartender competition this year.

“We are truly honored by the support of T.G.I. Friday's and their commitment to advancing autism research,” said NAAR Trustee Marty Schwartzman, co-founder of NAAR's Long Island chapter. “The employees and patrons of Friday's are leaving a lasting imprint in our quest to find a cure.”

NAAR's relationship with T.G.I. Friday's was made possible largely by Jim Mazany, director of operations for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide's Eastern Division, which includes nine New York area T.G.I. Friday's. He is also the father of a child with autism and longtime supporter of the Long Island Walk.

"We cannot thank Jim enough for his tireless efforts to raise awareness and critically needed funds for autism research," said Karen London, NAAR's co-founder. “Jim is an extraordinary example of how NAAR supporters are enabling this organization to accelerate and change the course of research for the benefit of our children and future generations.”

In 2003, Jim made NAAR the beneficiary of the 2003 bartender competition in his region.

“Our bartender competition raises money each year for various charities throughout the country,” he said. “Over the last two years, T.G.I. Friday's in the greater New York area has raised over $85,000 for the Long Island Walk and this year we expect to raise more than $100,000.”

The bartender competition raises money for NAAR through donations from the restaurants themselves and their vendors as well as from auctions of donated items held at the restaurants. The winning bartender from each location then goes on to compete in a regional event later this year.

“We encourage all NAAR supporters and anyone interested in supporting an excellent cause to visit a T.G.I. Friday's location nearest to you,” said Michael Giangregorio, chair of the 2004 Long Island Walk, which is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 24 at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY.

The current schedule of Shake, Rattle & Pour Bartending Contests in the New York area benefiting NAAR:

Monday September 13, 2004 – TGI Friday's at 829 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, NY

To learn more about T.G.I. Friday's or find a restaurant near you, please visit:

Footprints at Friday's:

New Jersey:

T.G.I. Friday's - Watchung, NJ
1701-100 Route 22
Watchung, NJ
(908) 322-2376

T.G.I. Friday's - Woodbridge, NJ
401 Gill's Lane
Iselin, NJ
(732) 636-1537

New York:

T.G.I. Friday's - Woodbury Township
5 Center Drive
Central Valley, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Tarrytown
240 Whiteplains Road
Tarrytown, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Lake Grove
328 Smith Haven Mall
Routes 25 & 347
Lake Grove, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - West Nyack
4482 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Hauppauge
3045 Express Drive North
Hauppauge, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Wallkill
23 Crystal Run Crossing
Middletown, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Scarsdale
825 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Massapequa
5204 Sunrise Highway
Massapequa, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Riverhead
1480 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Rockville Centre
716 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Centre, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Farmingville
2240 North Ocean Avenue
Farmingville, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Brooklyn
3181 Harkness Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Huntington
100 Walt Whitman Road
Huntington, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Forrest Hills
7000 Austin Street
Forrest Hills, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Manhasset
1445 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset, NY

T.G.I. Friday's - Westbury
829 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY