Papa John’s Raises More than $40 Thousand with the Shaq-a-Roni Pizza

Funding will support families and communities across Canada

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Papa John’s Canada announced the company raised more than $40 thousand through sales of the Shaq-a-Roni pizza for Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada to help address challenges posed by COVID-19 for kids and families, and to drive leadership development programs for kids in local communities.

“Thanks to the generosity of each customer who ordered a Shaq-a-Roni pizza and the support of our franchisees and team members, we raised more than $40 thousand to support a cause very close to my heart,” said Shaquille O’Neal, Papa John’s Board Member and franchise owner.

One dollar from every Shaq-a-Roni sold between June 29 and August 23 was donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

“The money raised through the Shaq-a-Roni is going to incredible organizations that support causes like COVID-19 relief and the fight against racial injustice,” said Shaquille O’Neal. “As a Boys & Girls Clubs alum, I know the impact Papa John’s continued support is having on these kids and their families’ lives.”

“Papa John’s has been fortunate during the pandemic, as we have been able to deliver food to people who want or need to stay at home. It’s our privilege to both feed our communities and give back during these challenging times,” said Rob Lynch, president and CEO of Papa John’s. “Last year we launched The Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community, aligned with our company values of People First, Do the Right Thing and Everyone Belongs. Especially in these times of need, we’re proud to continue our work towards equality, fairness, respect and opportunity for all through our ongoing partnerships like Boys & Girls Clubs.”

“It has been incredible to see the enthusiasm of Shaq, the Papa John’s Canada corporate team, and local franchisees as they bring this partnership north of the border,” said Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. “Our counterparts at Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been working with Shaq and Papa John’s for quite a while, so working with us was a natural fit—and more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for their generous donations and advocacy for our Clubs, and we look forward to building this partnership here in Canada.”

The Shaq-a-Roni, offered for a limited time, is an extra-large pizza made with Papa John’s fresh, never-frozen six ingredient dough, topped with extra cheese and extra pepperoni, then cut into Papa John’s largest slice size to-date. More information about the Shaq-a-Roni pizza, including the Papa John’s Foundation and its grantees, can be found at

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Pizza delivery driver crashes during seizure; thanks ‘angels’ who pulled her from water

A South Carolina pizza delivery driver is thanking two men who saved her after she had a seizure and crashed into a pond.

Morgan Young, 21, is still in the hospital, several days after a crash she can barely remember.

“I remember pulling out of work, but I don’t remember anything else,” Young said.

Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Young left her job at Frank’s House of Pizza to make a delivery. She drove down North Woods Drive before having a seizure. She woke up after she crashed down a ravine in about 4 feet of water.

Corey Eubanks and his brother-in-law, John Paul Abernathy, were in the right place at the right time. They just so happened to be heading to Frank’s House of Pizza and were the only ones to see the crash and stop to help.

“We were trying to yell out for somebody,” Eubanks said. “We didn’t hear anything for a few, for a little bit, and then finally we got deeper down in there and we heard the girl screaming ‘help.’”

“He was like rubbing my back and everything and like comforting me and I could have cried,” Young said.

Eubanks said there was no hesitation to help.

“Everybody’s life is important and I’m not gonna let, you know, the fears of COVID, anything, hold me back from helping someone,” Eubanks said.

Young later found the men with the help of social media and has been texting them from her hospital bed.

She’s bruised and has a gash on her forehead from hitting the windshield. Her car is totaled, and she won’t be able to drive for at least six months while doctors work to control her seizures.

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But in the midst of her pain, Young has found a renewed sense of faith.

“I don’t want to say that I didn’t believe in God or anything because I did, I mean I do. But like, I like legit have proof now,” Young said.

Young is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday and she plans to return to work.

Eubanks has invited her to go to church with his family when she’s ready.

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