Gabriel Pizza founder receives award from Ottawa mayor
By Canadian PizzaNews
Oct. 17, 2012, Ottawa – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the Mayor’s
City Builder Award to Michael Hanna, founder of Gabriel's Pizza, on Oct.
10, in recognition of his outstanding generosity and community service.
Oct. 17, 2012, Ottawa – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Hanna, founder of Gabriel's Pizza, on Oct. 10, in recognition of his outstanding generosity and community service.
Hanna is a successful entrepreneur who immigrated to Ottawa from Lebanon in 1968 with little money and no English. He started work as a busboy and then waiter at the Skyline Hotel, learned English and set aside enough money to bring his family to Canada.
In 1977, the Hanna family founded Gabriel’s Pizza on St. Joseph Blvd. in Orleans, Ont.. They remain a proud, locally owned and family-operated business and show their thanks by giving back to the community. Gabriel Pizza now operates 30 locations in the National Capital Region.
Through Hanna’s direction, Gabriel’s Pizza has provided valuable support to many local sports and charities, fundraising events and education programs either by donating pizza or by donating to fundraising campaigns. This amounts to more than $40,000 per year for each of the past five years alone.
Teaming up with CHEZ 106 morning show for the Doc & Woody CHEO Pizza, Gabriel Pizza raised more than $36,000 over the first four years of the campaign. Similarly, Gabriel’s has helped with fundraising for organizations including the Ottawa Food Bank, the Canadian Cancer Society and the United Way.
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