Friday, April 24, 2009

Take a Bite and "Give a Bike" - Variety of Georgia and Chili's® Partner to Pepper in Some Hope and Pay It Forward

Lend a helping hand and enjoy a mouthwatering meal to make mobility manageable for youth

This summer, Chili’sâ is partnering with Variety of Georgia in its “Give a Bike” fundraising efforts. “Give a Bike” Fundraiser Days at Chili’sâ are an extension of Variety of Georgia’s Mobility for Kids Program. Launched in May of 2006, Mobility for Kids is an evolving program that aims to ensure that all of Georgia’s children with mobility challenges receive the bikes, lifts, wheelchairs, walkers and prosthetic limbs they need.

To date, Variety of Georgia has presented nine deserving children and families with specially outfitted bikes and mobility devices. In Atlanta, Chili’sâ is helping to further the cause. With each Variety of Georgia “Give a Bike” flyer presented at participating Chili’sâ restaurants on specially designated days, Chili’sâ will donate 10% of that customer’s sales to Variety of Georgia.

Experience “Give a Bike” Fundraiser Days every second Tuesday of the month through July at participating locations. Come enjoy food, philanthropy and fun at all metro Atlanta Chili’sâ restaurants, excluding airport and Discover Mills locations, on May 12, June 9 and July 14 – and pepper in some hope this summer with Variety of Georgia’s “Give a Bike” Fundraiser Days.

About Variety of Georgia
Established in Atlanta in 1939 as the 21st chapter of Variety Clubs International, known as “The World’s Greatest Children’s Charity”, Variety of Georgia has donated over $1 million dollars to enhance the lives of children in need who may be challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect. Following the tradition of the founders of the first Tent (chapter) in Pittsburgh back in 1927, 80% of the current members of Tent 21 (21st chapter to be formed) as it is known, are from the Motion Picture Industry, though membership is open to all who care about children and meeting their needs.

The vernacular of the circus is employed in the Variety structure with the clubs often called "Tents" and the members "Barkers" since the first fundraising affair in Pittsburgh used the circus motif and was held under a "Big Top" tent with a sawdust floor. Since those humble beginnings, Variety Clubs International has grown to 52 chapters in 14 countries worldwide with over 15,000 members – raising over $1 billion for special needs children.

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