The Carino's Foundation



March 29, 2012

I am pleased to announce that, for the third consecutive year, Carino's Italian will again support Autism Speaks and Autism Society for National Autism Awareness Month. We have again set our fundraising goal at $50,000 and we'll raise that money by selling 50,000 kid's meals in April. Bring your family and come join us!

In addition to our $50,000 donation, we are turning our website blue as part of the Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign, and we have partnered with the Autism Society for "Carino's Autism Champions." Throughout the month, Carino's Autism Champions will be profiled here on the Carino's Foundation blog. These champions are the everyday people around us that work tirelessly to promote awareness, acceptance, education and resources to benefit all that are touched by autism. In short, they are the ones accomplishing the mission of the Autism Society -- to improve the lives of all affected by autism. I am excited to help shine a spotlight on these folks and publicly thank them for the efforts that too often go unnoticed. Be sure to check back often and read about all of our Carino's Autism Champions.

Our foundation is passionate about the well-being of children. With as many as 1 in every 88 children nationwide who are affected by autism, Carino's recognizes that this epidemic disorder affects many of our guests, employees and staff members. With your help, we can learn more about autism and help to make a meaningful impact on the lives of many families.

Sincerely,

Creed Ford III
President, Carino's Foundation
President and CEO, Carino's Italian


March 02, 2012

The year is still young but we've been busy at the Carino's Foundation. 2012 is already presenting many great ways to make a difference in the world around us.

We are excited to again partner with Autism Speaks as a statewide sponsor of Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Texas. Walk Now will be held in various cities across Texas throughout the year, including: Abilene, Midland/Odessa, San Angelo, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston. Want to get involved? Visit their website to learn more about a Walk Now event in your area or to start your own Walk team. It's not only a great cause, it's a lot of fun too!

The Carino's Foundation has continued our annual support of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) as part of our $500,000 pledge to this amazing organization. We do this in memory of our friend Zach and in honor of all boys fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). In addition to PPMD, this year we will also support Champions to CureDuchenne on April 27th in Austin. Hosted by Mack Brown of the University of Texas, this event raises funds to help find a cure for this devastating disease. DMD affects about 200,000 boys worldwide and it is always fatal. Organizations like PPMD and CureDuchenne are working tirelessly to save these boys, and I am proud to stand with them in their efforts. Get your tickets to Champions to CureDuchenne today and come join me.

Much more is on the horizon for 2012, including one of my favorite events of the year: the Gold Stirrup Horse Show at Rodeo Austin. Gold Stirrup is one of the largest horse shows in Texas for adults with special needs. Rodeo Austin partners with area organizations like Marbridge and the Ride On Center for Kids to provide an exciting arena where these special competitors can showcase their equestrian skills. With the Carino's Foundation sponsorship providing all the entry fees, the size of the show has increased dramatically over the last several years. It is a heartwarming experience for everyone involved and I look forward to sharing stories and photos of this year's show in a few weeks.  

Until then, thanks again to everyone who enables the Carino's Foundation to do what we love to do. I hope this inspires you to find your own ways to give back and make your corner of the world a little brighter for someone else.

Sincerely,

Creed Ford III
President, Carino's Foundation
President and CEO, Carino's Italian