TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its ongoing efforts to taking an active role in supporting education and children’s organizations, family entertainment leader Chuck E. Cheese’s is doing its part in giving back to the community by donating a portion of its profits from participating Washington-area stores to benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. When families face difficult times with sick children in the hospital, Mary Bridge Tree House offers parents and families of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital or Tacoma General Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients a nurturing, safe, living environment that allows them focus on the care of their child.
“Whether through donations to cover living expenses, home-cooked family meals or in-kind donations, everything at Tree House is made possible by a generous community,” said Barbara Bartolatz Littrell, community development coordinator at Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. “Like Chuck E. Cheese’s, we consider ourselves a place for families, and we are grateful for contributions made through fundraising events like these that lift our families up during challenging times.”
On Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, guests can stop by participating Washington-area Chuck E. Cheese’s locations in Bellvue, Burlington, Kelso, Kent, Lynnwood, Olympia, Silverdale, Tacoma and Vancouver to help turn fun into funds for a good cause. During regular store hours on both days of the fundraising event, Chuck E. Cheese’s will donate 15 percent of profits generated from food, merchandise and token deals at the participating locations to support programs available to families at Mary Bridge Tree House. Tree House’s mission lies in providing a “place for families,” and contributions through fundraising ensures resources are available for the ongoing support, maintenance and upkeep of the home to ensure that families are staying in clean, comfortable and safe spaces.
“During traumatic times that families can face with children in and out of the hospital, family housing is a gift that can help touch lives in truly meaningful ways,” said Tonya Hutchinson, western region trainer at CEC Entertainment, Inc. “Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support a special place for families to go during their trying times of need and childrens’ recoveries.”
Since 2004, Chuck E. Cheese’s has given back more than $6 million in support of education and charitable organizations through its fundraising programs. Chuck E. Cheese’s Fundraising Events help parents, teachers and students with their fundraising efforts – and are easy, profitable and fun! Any elementary school, non-profit organization, youth-sport team or other organization benefiting children under the age of 12 can contact Chuck E. Cheese’s by phone at 1-888-CEC-4FUN or reserve their event online at http://www.chuckecheese.com/fundraising/.
About CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: CEC):
For more than 30 years, CEC Entertainment (NYSE: CEC) has served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment and the place Where a Kid can be a Kid®.
The Company and its franchisees operate a system of 555 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores located in 48 states and seven foreign countries or territories. Currently, 506 locations in the United States and Canada are owned and operated by the Company. CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its franchises have the common goal of creating lifelong memories for families through fun, food and play. Each Chuck E. Cheese’s features musical and comic robotic entertainment, games, rides and play areas as well as a variety of dining options including pizza, sandwiches, a salad bar and desserts. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese’s helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®.
Chuck E. Cheese’s aims to promote positive, lifelong memories inside and outside of its stores. In addition to providing a fun entertainment experience for millions of families across the world, Chuck E. Cheese’s has donated more than $6 million to schools and non-profit institutions through its fundraising programs. For more information, see the company's website at www.chuckecheese.com.