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Jason’s Deli Power of Ten in Naples gives back to local nonprofits

Published: Dec 13, 2013 2:45 AM EST

To thank the community for 10 years of support, Diana and Scott Willis, owners of Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, gave back more than $5,100 to local nonprofits in Naples during a Power of Ten check presentation and celebration breakfast Tuesday, Dec. 3, National Give Back day. Power of Ten recognized 10 local charitable organizations with 10 percent of the Naples Jason’s Deli’s sales every Tuesday from Sept. 17 through Nov. 19. Customers who also gave back by making a $1 donation to the charity of the week were given a free drink card to use during a future visit. “Giving back to the Southwest Florida community acknowledges the appreciation and support for our first 10 years in Naples,” said Diana Willis, owner-operator of Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida. The nonprofit organizations that benefited from the Power of Ten were NAMI of Collier County; Meals of Hope; PACE Center for Girls, Collier; Champions For Learning; Laces of Love Charitable Foundation; The Shelter for Abused Women & Children; ABLE Academy; Angels Undercover of Collier County; The Salvation Army, Collier; and Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County. Vi Steffan, Laces of Love board member and first vice president, thanked the Willises for their community support, “We couldn’t be successful without you.” Donation totals were based on the restaurant’s sales between 4 and 9 p.m. (dine in, carry out and delivery). Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida are located in Fort Myers: 13550 Reflection Parkway at Cypress Lake Drive; Naples: 2700 Immokalee Road at Airport Pulling Road; Cape Coral: 2311 Santa Barbara Boulevard near Veterans Parkway; Port Charlotte: 1100 El Jobean Road (SR 776 at U.S. 41); and Sarasota: 5231 University Parkway. In 2011, Parents magazine recognized Jason’s Deli as the No. 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 also compared the quality of ingredients (such as offering organic milk or antibiotic-free chicken), and conveniences including call-ahead seating, online ordering, crayons for children, and the availability of high chairs and booster seats. In 2009, Jason’s Deli became the first national restaurant to ban high-fructose corn syrup in its food. In 2010, they went a step further, eliminating artificial colors and dyes from the 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. Founded by an Italian family in 1976, the Beaumont, Texas-based restaurant chain has nearly 230 locations in 28 states. Jason’s Deli core values are providing the highest quality of food, outstanding hospitality, highest personal standards, a great place to work and a healthy, growing company. The Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral and Sarasota restaurants are open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Port Charlotte is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For additional information, visit jasonsdeli.com or call 239-985-7215.

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