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Payton Wright Foundation Benefits from Jason's Deli Promotion

Published: May 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT

Payton Wright Foundation Benefits from Jason’s Deli Promotion

 (May 23, 2012 - Sarasota, FL) – Jason’s deli of Southwest Florida owner and operator Diana Willis presented Holly and Patrick Wright with a $1,750 check for the Payton Wright Foundation.  The donation was a result of the Jason’s deli’s complimentary drink card and match of customer donations given to the cause by Jason’s deli customers at the 5231 University Parkway, Sarasota, location last month.

 The donation will support the mission of the Lakewood Ranch-based Foundation for pediatric brain cancer to foster research to find new treatments, as well as to financially assist families who are caring for a child with brain cancer.

 “The tireless fight the Wright family gives to this important cause, pediatric brain cancer, is both heart wrenching and heartwarming,” says Diana Willis, Jason’s deli of Southwest Florida owner and operator.  “We’re proud to support this organization and those who benefit from the Wrights’ work.”  

 The Payton Wright Foundation was founded in 2008 by Patrick and Holly Wright in memory of their daughter Payton who passed away at the age of 5 from brain cancer. For more information on the foundation, please visit for more information.

 Parent’s Magazine recognized Jason’s deli last year as the #1 family restaurant chain in the nation. That award was based on an analysis of the food’s content, including: calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium. Editors then looked at the quality of the ingredients (such as whether organic milk or antibiotic–free chicken were offered), and conveniences like call-ahead seating, online ordering, crayons to keep the kids busy, and availability of high chairs and booster seats. 

 For Jason’s deli winning is attributed to quality ingredients, a fresh kids’ menu and a few innovative moves.  In 2009 Jason’s deli became the first national restaurant to ban high fructose corn syrup in its food.  Last year went a step further, eliminating artificial colors and dyes from its menu. The motivation for these changes started in the late 1990’s when Jason’s deli began researching the removal of artificial trans fats from the menu. “Our menu is truly healthy, for children and their parents,” Willis added.

 In Sarasota, Jason’s deli is located at 5231 University Parkway.

 About Jason’s deli

Founded by an Italian family in 1976, the Beaumont, Texas-based restaurant chain has nearly 225 delis in 28 states. Jason’s deli is currently number one in sales among fast, casual restaurant chains with fewer than 300 locations (QSR Magazine, January 2009).

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