This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Carino’s Charitable Foundation, and as you know we contribute to organizations whose sole purpose is to help people, especially children, have a better life. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy is one of those organizations that we have supported for years.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy is dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne’s and supporting the families that are affected by this disease. Duchenne’s is a form of muscular dystrophy affecting young boys, restricting their life expectancy to their mid-teens. Fired Up's Co-Founder Norman Abdallah had a nephew named Zack who was diagnosed with Duchenne’s at age five. Zack passed away in early September at the young of age 22. Zack lived his life fully, with a zest and determination that was inspiring and did not see himself as “disabled” person. He enjoyed his artwork, his friends and family, but also helped support other boys struggling with Duchenne’s.
On October 14 we will hold our 11th annual charity golf tournament and this year we will dedicate the tournament to Zack. Zack is an inspiration to all of us at Carino’s.
Also in celebration of our 10th anniversary, we have introduced Carino’s Cares. This will serve as the giving arm of the Carino’s Charitable Foundation. Carino’s Cares was introduced with a “Give Back” Day at the Restaurant Support Center where all our staff members were encouraged to volunteer at one of our local Austin charities during a work weekday. You will be hearing more about Carino’s Cares through updates on this blog and at your local Carino’s.
We would like to thank all of you including our team members, guests and counterparts for everything you do in the local Carino’s communities to continue to give back.