Archive 2018


The Central Ohio franchisee group, hosted its second annual Papa John’s Charity Challenge Golf outing at the Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio on Monday August 27, 2018. The outing raised over $100,000 bringing our two year total to over $190,000.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Hospital – Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove Research Institute OSUCCC – James. The OSUCCC – James is helping to advance cancer research for all cancers through ground-breaking projects, innovative ideas, novel therapies, and other initiatives to more quickly improve patient treatments and outcomes.


“Our success could not have been achieved without the support from our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and communities” said Charles Burris, Vice President/Operating Partner for Johncol, Inc; “the commitment to our event is a truly humbling.” The guest speaker at the event, David Cohn, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OSUCCC – James had this to say about the event, “What has been established with the Papa John’s Charity Challenge in only two years is astounding and I was honored to be a part of this great day. Funds raised by our supporters in the community are critical to advancing our cancer program at the OSUCCC – James and we are so grateful to the Charity Challenge for stepping up in a big way to join us in our goal of a cancer-free world.” #beatcancer

The third annual Papa John’s Charity Challenge will be on Monday August 26, 2019, at the Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio.

Johncol, Inc. the franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 27 franchise locations headed up by Founder Allen Hertzman and Vice President/Operating Partner Charles Burris. Johncol, Inc. opened their first store in Columbus, Ohio on Bethel Road in 1991. Johncol, Inc. continues to be an active member of Central Ohio communities; this involvement and dedication was recognized in 2016 when they received the Humanitarian of the Year award by Papa John’s International.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Charles Burris, please contact:

Craig Smith at 740-549-2201 ext 2007 or


At the last home game of the regular season, Papa John’s of Central Ohio presented a check to the Janis Foligno Foundation in the amount of $15,250. However this year the presentation had a little extra, with Captain Nick Foligno accepting the check on behalf of the foundation.

This donation is a combination of Nick’s goals this year and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Defender pizza during the hockey season. All donations will be given to the Janis Foligno Foundation, an organization that supports local charities and research projects committed to finding a cure for cancer, and which provide care and treatment to those battling the disease.

And as the Jackets head into the postseason Papa John’s is doubling down to fight cancer! For each goal Nick scores during the postseason, we will donate $1,000 to the Janis Foligno Foundation!



We did it….. Three million dollars…look out cancer! We are coming for you!

The 11th Buckeye Cruise For Cancer raised a record-breaking $3 Million for the cause! This cruise is about an all-out effort of staff, sponsors, volunteers, survivors, James staff and doctors, athletes, coaches, musicians, alumni cheer, alumni band and most of all the cruisers! It takes ALL of us!

The Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, which benefits the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, has raised more than $15 million since 2008 for cancer research. The Buckeye Cruise is finalizing the 2019 sailing date and will be forthcoming. For future announcements, visit