11/13/2007

Boston Beanery donates portion of dessert sales to WVU Cancer Center’s Comfort Fund

Boston Beanery restaurants in Morgantown are encouraging customers to indulge in desserts.  Through Friday, Nov. 16, Boston Beanery is donating fifty cents from every dessert sold at the Evansdale or High Street restaurant locations to the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund. 

The Comfort Fund provides short-term financial assistance to WVU Cancer Center patients.  The patients use the funds for medication, gasoline and lodging expenses.

The donation from Boston Beanery supports the Penny Wars competition between WVU and Pitt.  Penny Wars is a challenge to see which University collects the greatest amount of loose change for their cancer center. The winner will be announced Dec. 1, when WVU plays Pitt in the Backyard Brawl. 

“The Boston Beanery is very pleased to embrace such a great cause,” said Gigi Lee, Boston Beanery regional manager.  “Our customers seem to think it’s a pretty sweet idea too.  More customers are ordering dessert at lunchtime than ever before.”

Lee encourages customers to drop their loose change into the large Penny Wars collection bins located at each restaurant by Nov. 16, when the Penny Wars campaign ends.  The restaurants are also selling “Beat Pitt” t-shirts with Penny Wars information printed on the back. 

“You probably have loose coins just lying around collecting dust,” Lee said.  “Why not use it to support the Comfort Fund?”

Boston Beanery is a long time supporter of WVU’s Cancer Center.  For more than a decade the chain has hosted Celebrity Bartenders Night to benefit the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the week of the Futures Golf Classic in Morgantown.

“People at the Cancer Center, including those at the Breast Care Center, are wonderful and caring,” Lee said.  “It’s a pleasure to help them help others.”

For more information on the MBRCC, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@rcb.hsc.edu
sls: 11-13-07

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