Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Campero USA Donates to Make-A-Wish Foundation

DALLAS — Campero USA Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Pollo Campero, the leading chain of chicken quick service restaurants from Latin America, announced it has made the first three in a series of $5,000 donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in celebration of its new restaurant grand openings. Campero USA plans to make $5,000 donations at each of the openings of select restaurants through 2008.

Patty Gutierrez, director of philanthropy and public relations at Campero USA, presented the initial $5,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas during the grand opening of the Pollo Campero restaurant in Dallas on Sept. 16. Campero USA also presented a $5,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western Virginia for the Pollo Campero grand opening in Massaponax, Virginia, on Sept. 26. Ms. Gutierrez then went on to present a check to another local chapter, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, during the grand opening of the Pollo Campero restaurant in Miami on Oct. 2.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the communities in which we live and work through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The children that Make-A-Wish helps have so many worries and difficult obstacles to overcome, and the incredible people at Make-A-Wish provide these children with hope and happiness by making their wishes come true," said Gutierrez. "The Make-A-Wish Foundation has such a positive effect on these children and their families, and we are honored to have the opportunity to financially assist this organization and bring joy to children with life threatening medical conditions across the United States. As the parent of a son who recently had his wish granted by Make-A-Wish, I have seen first-hand how important this organization is, and words cannot describe the tremendous impact Make-A-Wish has on the children it helps and their families."

Campero USA is an affiliate of Pollo Campero, founded by the Gutierrez Family in 1971, now chaired by Juan Jose Gutierrez. Campero USA opened its first restaurant in 2002 and now has over 38 restaurants in the United States, with additional stores in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and New Jersey slated to open this year. Pollo Campero is the largest Latin American chicken restaurant chain, now operating 284 restaurants in 11 countries and serving more than 75 million customers annually. Pollo Campero is part of the family of corporations that make up Corporacion Multi Inversiones, which is currently led by co-presidents Juan Luis Bosch and Dionisio Gutierrez.

It's nice to see Campero USA making donations in the new communities it will be serving. This is nice way to support a worthwhile charity while also demonstrating a willingness to support the communities the company serves.

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