iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ KFI-AM 640 announced today that Wendy’s® restaurants in Southern California have joined as a partner for the 12th annual KFI PastaThon event to benefit Caterina’s Club.
The KFI PastaThon is an annual event that encourages listeners to donate money, pasta, and sauce to benefit Caterina’s Club, a local charity that provides more than 25,000 nutritious meals every week to children in need in Southern California. The charity also helps families get back into stable home environments and teaches teens the skills they need to work in the hospitality industry.
This year, all 168 Wendy’s restaurants in Southern California will offer their customers a donation option from November 16 through December 4. In addition, on November 29, ‘Giving Tuesday,’ these Wendy’s will also donate $1 from every Frosty® sold to the KFI PastaThon.
With the help of listeners, local businesses, and the continued partnership with Smart & Final stores and Barilla Pasta, the 2021 event raised a record-breaking $1 million dollars and 115,000 lbs of pasta & sauce. Since 2010, the KFI PastaThon event has raised over $4.6 million and 700k pounds of pasta and sauce for children in need in the community.
“Wendy’s provided Caterina’s Club with a $10,000 grant earlier this year as part of the Community Giving Program, and the local Wendy’s franchisees are proud to partner with the KFI PastaThon as an extension of that partnership,” said Ron Ross, owner of RDR Foods and President of the Southern California Wendy’s Advertising Co-op. “Our founder, Dave Thomas, believed in the power of giving something back to our communities. We continue to be guided by that value, and we are thrilled to support Chef Bruno and Caterina’s Club to help feed the children of Southern California.”
“We are so delighted to have Wendy’s partner with us on our efforts to feed Southern California kids,” said Robin Bertolucci, Program Director for KFI-AM 640. “Because of generous partners like Wendy’s, Chef Bruno is feeding over 25,000 kids every week. As we embark upon our 12th annual KFI PastaThon we know the need is bigger than ever but so are the hearts of our listeners and partners. Our goal this year is to once again raise over a million dollars. Thank you to Wendy’s for helping us make that dream a reality!”
To donate or to learn more about the event, listeners can go to PastaThon.com. Partners for the event include Smart & Final, Barilla Pasta, and Wendy’s restaurants in Southern California.
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