Tony Tomato Spreads Love on Hug a News Anchor Day!
If you were tuned into your local news station on April 4, you may have caught a glimpse of Tony Tomato, our loving mascot, smothering news anchors with hugs for National Hug a News Anchor Day.
National Hug a News Anchor Day has become an annual event for Fazoli’s, and one that has resulted in a ton of media coverage and engagement within the community — especially with Fazoli’s Fans. Each year, we send Tony out to spread the love, hugging our local news anchors live on air… provided they allow it of course!
This year, we decided to take Tony’s favorite holiday to the next level, by incorporating a charitable component into the mix. Not only did he set out to show our hardworking news anchors our gratitude, but he was also on a mission to raise as much money as possible for Feed the Children, one of the largest U.S.-based non-profit organizations around.
So, on Tuesday, April 4, with a trusty area supervisor at his side, Tony Tomato visited participating news stations, delivering warm breadsticks, a catered meal and a hug!
For every station that agreed to an on-air hug from Tony, Fazoli’s donated $100 to Feed the Children, for up to 10 on-air hugs per station. In the end, Tony was given a total of 21 hugs, for earning $2,100 for charity!
Fazoli’s has been a proud partner of Feed the Children since 2013, and we’re honored to be able to continually support their cause. After all, family and food are everything to Fazoli’s — two ideals that Feed the Children also holds very highly. During our time as partners, we’ve been able to raise nearly $300,000 in cash and $40,000 in gift-in-kind to help feed children and families in need.
For more information about our charity and volunteer involvement, make sure to follow our company blog! If you want to join the Fazoli’s network and be part of a great cause, contact Sam Nelson at 1-800-446-4368 to discuss our available markets or fill out our information request form online.
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