Pizza Gives Hope to Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint Kicks Off Real Pizza Real Hope Campaign to Support Pediatric chin Research at Children’s

ATLANTA – January 26, 2011 – Patients, staff and supporters at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta had their heads in the dough thinking of concoctions for a new and healthy pizza recipe to be featured at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint.

Uncle Maddio’s, which has been voted best pizza in Atlanta, developed a unique ordering style that gives customers control to build homemade pizzas. They asked restaurant patrons, patients and staff from Children’s to join in the fun and create their own healthy pizza that would be the new Real Hope Signature Pizza item on Uncle Maddio’s menu.

“At Uncle Maddio’s we developed the next generation of pizza joints, so it’s natural that we would partner with an organization that gives next generation care to our children,” said Matt Andrew, Chief Pizzamaker, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint.

Six pizza recipe finalists were selected by Uncle Maddio’s staff. On January 22, families flocked to the Toco Hill’s location to pick their favorite.  Erin Yount won the crowd over with a unique masterpiece including whole wheat crust, herb pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, pepperoni and zucchini strips.

Erin has been a regular at Uncle Maddio's because she was sensitive to gluten products and heard about their gluten-free crust pizza. Erin is considering a career in occupational or speech therapy, has spent time shadowing therapists in the Speech and Language Clinic at Children’s. Erin not only gets Uncle Maddio’s top chef bragging rights, but she also receives free pizza from Uncle Maddio’s for one year.

The Real Hope Signature Pizza will be available until April 15. Two dollars from every Real Hope Signature Pizza benefits pediatric research at Children's. Patrons of Maddio's can also support pediatric research by donating at the register and on-line.

“Research is a cornerstone of the mission at Children’s and we are currently involved in approximately 600 research studies,” said Rob Bentley, Vice President of Corporate Development, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Research allows us to enhance the care of our children and we are pleased that Uncle Maddio’s has supported us.”

Definitely not your average pizza place, Uncle Maddio’s uses fresh, local ingredients for its homemade pizzas, toasted subs and gourmet salads. And it even boasts specialty offerings such as gluten-free crust and free-range, hormone-free chicken and angus steak.

Uncle Maddio’s Real Hope Signature Pizza is available at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint at 3027 North Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA 30329.

Visit www.choa.org/unclemaddios

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.