LAS VEGAS – PDQ, a rapidly growing restaurant brand known for its fresh, affordable chicken tenders, salads and sandwiches, is joining forces with Vegas PBS to help veterans and bolster services for the deaf and blind.
With the coming of a second location – set to open on Sunday, July 12 at 3010 W. Sahara Ave. – PDQ is ramping up its annual fundraising initiatives to raise thousands of dollars for great organizations throughout Southern Nevada, all while providing a fun experience to their guests.
“Since we opened our first local store in North Las Vegas in March, we have been reaching out to nonprofits, youth organizations and community centers to see how we can help,” said Tony Grappo, PDQ market director. “Our announcement today, to join with Vegas PBS to support some of their wonderful programming, we hope will be the first of many partnerships that give us the chance to give back while sharing our great-tasting food.”
Beginning Aug. 4, each Las Vegas PDQ location will host one fundraising night per month. One night will benefit the Vegas PBS Workforce Training and Economic Development program for veterans, which helps them connect to educational services, military-friendly employment opportunities and other programs. The other fundraising night will benefit the Vegas PBS Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC), which provides resources for the blind and visually impaired and the deaf and hard of hearing and their families. During these nights, the community is invited to dine at PDQ, either in the dining room or drive-thru, and in turn, PDQ will donate a percentage of sales generated by the charity’s supporters back to the organization.
“Vegas PBS thanks PDQ for supporting our veteran’s workforce training services and the Described and Captioned Media Center. We’re committed to helping our community in a number of ways such as career assessments for veterans and literacy kits for those with families with members having visual or hearing impairments. This partnership will facilitate those efforts,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell.
PDQ – Family Fundraising Nights to benefit veterans
Tuesday, Aug. 4 – 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
and the first Friday of every month from September to December 2015
PDQ Craig and Allen
3737 W. Craig Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
PDQ – Family Nights to benefit the Described and Captioned Media Center
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
and the last Friday of every month from September to December 2015
3010 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
About Vegas PBS Workforce Training & Economic Development Program for Veterans
The Vegas PBS Veterans Coordinator works with individuals, educators, government entities, non-profit organizations, businesses and industries to connect veterans to educational services, military-friendly employment opportunities, community resources, and grant-funded veteran specific programs.
About Vegas PBS Described and Captioned Media Center
The Described and Captioned Media Center is a free-loan educational media library for all Nevada citizens. Its services include audio and Braille books, Braille printing, classroom kits for understanding blindness and visual impairment, closed captioned DVD and VHS for the deaf and hard of hearing, descriptive audio DVD and VHS for blind and visually impaired students, educational games and family literacy kits for the deaf and blind.
Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. The partners spent more than two years developing the concept behind the brand and quality of the food and establishments. On Oct. 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors, and the concept now has 42 locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. PDQ prides itself on delicious sandwiches and salads made with the finest ingredients and their signature sauces and dressings are homemade every day. Restaurant Business Magazine recently named PDQ as the #1 fastest growing small chain in America, Nation’s Restaurant News chose PDQ as a 2014 Hot Concepts recipient and QSR Magazine named PDQ its July 2014 One to Watch. All menu items are under $10 and combo meals start as low as $7.69. PDQ will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with dine-in seating and a drive-through. Catering is also available for events and carryout. For more information, visit www.eatPDQ.com.
About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas PBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org. Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce training and economic development through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL). Vegas PBS provides K–12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs. For more information on programming and services, please visit VegasPBS.org, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VegasPBS, or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/VegasPBS.
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