Albuquerque, NM – April 19, 2016 – WisePies Pizza & Salad®, A Family Pizza Joint, announced today at a press conference at WisePies Arena AKA The Pit that the WiseInitiatives Supporting Community program has raised $20,011.87 received from in-store guests, online donations and corporate donors. The APS Community Clothing Bank will receive $15,157.47 and GoodWill Industries of NM will receive $4,854.40. Each location served as a fundraising conduit to support these organizations that share the mission of the WiseInitiative Program, to provide food, clothing, shelter and services to the youth and families in our neighborhoods.

“Thanks to the generosity of all New Mexicans, our supportive media partners and the WisePies Pizza & Salad crew that tirelessly informed guests of the WiseInitiative for 60 days, we have successfully met and exceeded our goal,” exclaimed WisePies Spokesperson Season Elliott. “We are humbled by the overwhelming support for this first-year program. We know it will make a huge impact in our communities today and for years to come.”

“One of the best indicators of a true friend is the ability to come through when the need is greatest, and that’s just what WisePies has done for the APS Community Clothing Bank,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “Students in every corner of Albuquerque struggle to have adequate clothing so they can be at their best in school. WisePies just made that struggle a little easier for many students and their parents. We are so grateful for the company’s help.”

“Goodwill Industries of New Mexico would like to congratulate Wisepies and their team on the success of their first “WiseInitiatives Supporting Community” Program. We are grateful and humbled to be part of the WiseInitiatives Program in supporting the APS Clothing Bank and Goodwill’s GoodJobs programs in Gallup and Rio Rancho, which helps people find long term employment that meets their needs and interests. Community initiatives and support from local businesses is vital to future growth and security for New Mexicans,” stated Mary Best, President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico.

The 2017 WiseInitiative Supporting Community program will differ slightly as we will invite non-profits in all markets to participate in a submission process for their organizations to be considered as a beneficiary of fundraising efforts.

WisePies Pizza & Salad wants to say a special thanks to our media and development partners that include APS Education Foundation, Clear Channel Outdoor, KOAT-TV Channel 7, KOB-TV Channel 4, Cumulus Media radio stations 770 KKOB-AM and KOB-FM, Scott Steigler of 770 KKOB AM, iHeartMedia radio stations 100.3 The Peak, KZRR 94 Rock, 104.1 The Edge and Hot 95.1, Obsidian – a Denver graphic design firm, SC3 Development, Integrated Control Systems, Inc and Southern Wine & Spirits of NM.

Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) has a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called APS Education Foundation. This foundation was established to promote private support of the districts and its students. In partnership with APS, they promote and garner financial and in-kind resources to provide students with the opportunity to succeed.

Specifically, the Foundation benefits the APS Community Clothing Bank. They make sure students in need of basic clothing receive socks, undergarments, shoes and coats so they can attend school and get an education. They have helped more than 4,500 children each year in need of clothing and shoes and have seen a 100% increase in need since last year. Students receiving benefits are handled discreetly with clothing delivered directly to the school they attend.

Goodwill Industries of NM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, this year marking 75 years of serving New Mexicans free of charge through nine programs and services. Goodwill partners with the APS Community Clothing Bank to identify students in need of clothing or services. Students who are identified are given access to a clothing bank card that allows the student to select new outfits from metro area Goodwill’s. In addition, Goodwill also provides the GoodJobs program statewide to help individuals find employment in the community. Funds raised for the Gallup and Rio Rancho communities will go towards funding the GoodJobs program. For more information about the programs and services Goodwill provides visit goodwillnm.org.

As a company, WisePies Pizza & Salad restaurants support organizations that provide food, clothing, shelter and/or services to the youth and their families in our communities. By defining this initiative as a company-wide charitable mission, it allows for our individual Franchisees and General Managers to more readily identify the preferred charitable opportunities in their local communities that they can focus on whether it be a local food bank, a clothing bank or other local non-profits that are providing services to children and families that are in the most dire need. Through local sponsorships and events that directly support our local communities, WisePies Pizza & Salad makes a direct impact on our neighborhoods and families that need it most. We believe in the future of our communities and pledge to make a difference.

Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, WisePies Pizza & Salad was created and is owned by restaurateurs Steven B. Chavez and Michael Baird. WisePies Pizza & Salad opened its first store on January 18, 2014 and currently has 10 stores with one located in Tempe, AZ. Visit http://www.wisepiespizza.com, or like us at Facebook.com/wisepiespizzaandsalad and follow us on twitter @WisePiesUSA. WisePies Pizza & Salad, WisePies design and “A Family Pizza Joint” are registered trademarks of WisePies USA, LLC.