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Pizza Nova gives back at home and abroad


November 13, 2009
By Canadian Pizza

November 13, 2009, Toronto – At an award ceremony in Toronto, Pizza Nova presented its Rising Star Scholarship to seven aspiring Variety Village athletic students in hopes that the support will help to make their journey to success just a little bit easier.

This scholarship represents an additional component to Pizza Nova's annual That's Amore Pizza for Kids event that has raised over $700,000 for Variety, supporting the on-going efforts of this fantastic facility, its incredible programs and inspiring athletes.

Throughout the month of October, Pizza Nova customers raised funds for the UNICEF Schools for Africa program, through the purchase of Pizza Nova pizzas, to build a clean water source for an entire school in Rwanda, Africa.

"Giving back to the community that supports us has always been of the utmost priority for us at Pizza Nova" says Stephanie Angelone, vice president sales and marketing. "But it is also our duty as fortunate Ontarians to support those international communities who can't even fathom the idea of picking up the phone and ordering a pizza for dinner."

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Those Variety Village athletes receiving scholarships this year include:

Evan Lymer, a 13 year-old weightlifter who competed at the Ontario juniors and the Winterlift competition where he placed bronze and gold.

Rachel Cohen, a determined swimmer looking to reach her goal to attend provincials in no time.

Hayden Keleher, an eclectic soul who recently beat his personal best swim by 3 minutes and 22 seconds in the 50m backstroke.

Raesean Gilkes-Baskette, a determined 8 year-old working hard toward his black belt in Taekwondo.

Kirsten Vergara, a 13 year-old star of the Variety Village track team ranked top three in the province.

Alex Zator, a wheelchair basketball player well on his way to achieving his dream to be among those selected to represent Ontario at the Canada Games in 2011 in Halifax.

Nicole Flynn, a member of the Variety Village Synchro Club for the past 9 years and has been involved in both provincial-level and national-level competition as a soloist, duet and team member. Nicole has been to competitions all over Canada, including regionals, provincials, divisionals and nationals.

Congratulations to these incredible and inspirational athletes.