Lots Of Papa Johns Pizza At The 2012 Wendy’s Chili Open

The Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to announce that its 16th annual Wendy’s Chili Open fundraising event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from noon to 5:00 p.m.  This is one of the largest 1-day fundraisers planned and run entirely by Rotary Club members in the country.

In addition to showcasing Wendy’s Chili, this family-oriented event features food from several prominent local restaurants, live music provided by The Debits, silent auctions, live auctions, raffles, The Children’s Open with supervised entertainment in the Activity Pavilion of the Zoo, The Polar Bear Golf Open at Safari Golf Club, and other zoo-wide entertainment, with all proceeds going to area children’s charities.  The event will again be hosted by local celebrities Dom Tiberi of WBNS 10TV and Woody Johnson of WCOL 92.3.

In its previous 15 years, this fundraising event has raised over $1.7 million with 100% of the proceeds donated to area children’s charities such as The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Children’s Hunger Alliance, Flying Horse Farms, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, The Ohio Troopers Caring Fund, The Sunrise Rotary Foundation, W.A.R.M.,The Buckeye Ranch, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and numerous other children’s betterment programs.

This year, the event is presented by Kroger and Papa John’s along with media sponsors that include WBNS 10TV, The Columbus Dispatch, WCOL 92.3, This Week Community Newspapers, and ClearChannel Outdoor.

Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo for $30 on the day of the event. $5 discount coupons will be available in The Dispatch and from Papa John’s.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance for $25 on the event web site www.wendyschiiopen.com. Parking at the Zoo will be the usual $5 per vehicle and children 12 and under may attend free when accompanying an event ticketholder.

The purchase of an event ticket also includes free admittance to the Zoo and all its exhibits for the entire day, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please visit the Wendy’s Chili Open event web site at www.wendyschiliopen.com or the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium web site at www.columbuszoo.org for additional information.

For further event and sponsorship opportunities and additional details, please contact Pat Kemmer, 2012 event Chairperson, at (614) 679-2418 or patkemmer@gmail.com.

Papa John’s Announces Its Grand Opening In Pickerington

The Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.’s Operating Partner Charles Burris is pleased to announce the opening of a new Papa John’s Pizza restaurant in Pickerington.

The Pickerington restaurant, located at 1201 Hill Road North (next to Big Lots) began servicing the Pickerington area on September 8th and is open for delivery, carryout and online ordering at papajohns.com. This Friday the 14th from Noon-1pm join the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Blue Jackets Mascot “Stinger”, and the entire Papa John’s of Central Ohio team for the official ribbon cutting. “Stinger” from the Blue Jackets will be giving away some CBJ merchandise and a chance to win tickets to a game! There will be other great door prizes including a year of FREE Pizza and samples from Papa John’s Pizza.

 “We’re very excited about our newest location in Pickerington. They have given us an extremely warm welcome and we look forward to our partnership with this great community for years to come,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio franchise group Johncol, Inc.

Papa John’s remains focused on using the highest quality ingredients to make its customers superior-quality products including original and thin crust pizzas, Cheesesticks, Wings and Chickenstrips. Papa John’s makes the crust of every traditional pizza with fresh dough (never frozen) prepared with clear-filtered water in the company’s regional quality control centers. Papa John’s uses only fresh-packed tomato sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, which go from the vine to the can in an average of six hours, 100% mozzarella cheese and vegetables that are cut fresh in the restaurant every day.

Johncol, Inc. the local franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza is based in Columbus with 23 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team was recognized as the 2010 Papa John’s Franchisee of the Year. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath. Johncol, Inc. also recently signed a multi-year partnership as the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s is the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus Blue Jackets & Papa John’s Columbus Announce New Multiyear Partnership

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Papa John’s Pizza announced today a new multiyear partnership that makes the world’s third largest pizza company the official pizza of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Papa John’s will be the exclusive pizza sold at Nationwide Arena starting tonight at Blue Jackets FanFest presented by Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Laboratories from 5-9PM. During tonight’s event, fans may visit the Papa John’s concession stand that anchors the food offerings on the Bud Light Terrace located on the arena’s main concourse.

The fully integrated partnership is highlighted by a host of in-market and in-game promotions as well as traditional in-arena messaging elements. Every Monday during hockey season, Papa John’s customers and Blue Jackets fans have a chance to score free toppings thanks to the weekly Blue Jackets Special – a large cheese pizza for just $9.99, complete with a free topping for every goal that the team scores in its last game. The number of free toppings doubles with a Jackets win. In addition, the Blue Jackets and Papa John’s are also teaming up to offer a monthly contest in which businesses may register online for a chance to win a pizza party at the office and Blue Jackets game tickets.

“We are very excited to partner with the central Ohio franchise group to bring the strength of Papa John’s national brand to our team,” said Cameron Scholvin, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. “We’re particularly looking forward to engaging Blue Jackets fans throughout the year via Papa John’s marketplace activations.”

“Our entire organization has always been big fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets,” said Charles Burris, Operating Partner for the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s Pizza. “This multiyear partnership marks our first with a central Ohio sports team and our number one focus will be on the fans, with exciting promotions in game and out in the local community.”

The partnership further reaches the youth hockey and skating community with messaging at the Chiller Ice Rinks and presenting sponsorship of Chiller birthday parties held at the suburban rinks.

Also, when the Blue Jackets celebrate their 11th National Hockey League Opening Night on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Nashville Predators, all fans in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Blue Jackets magnet schedule courtesy of Papa John’s.

Papa John’s to give away 1 million pizzas to Papa Rewards members throughout NFL season

Papa John’s, the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, announced today that it is kicking off the 2011 NFL regular season where it left off at Super Bowl XLV – offering all of America the chance to win a free large one-topping pizza.

With the season set to kick off this Thursday, Papa John’s is rewriting the playbook by announcing the first-ever and one-of-a-kind Million Pizza Giveaway to members of its Papa Rewards online customer loyalty program.

“We are pleased to bring the excitement of free pizza during football season to our existing loyal customers and new enrollees in the Papa Rewards loyalty program at papajohns.com,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The Million Pizza Giveaway gets our pizza right where we want it – in the mouths of consumers. Once consumers try Papa John’s quality pizza, they will come back again and again – and the Papa Rewards program will reward them for it.”

Beginning today, current Papa Rewards members and consumers who sign up for Papa Rewards at papajohns.com will have the chance to be randomly selected to receive one of the 60,000 free large one-topping pizzas Papa John’s will award each week during the NFL regular season in the form of 20 Papa Rewards points deposited in their account. Consumers can enroll any time throughout the regular season, and can also get information about the Million Pizza Giveaway by liking Papa John’s on Facebook.
Papa John’s is in the second year of a multi-year sponsorship with the NFL and is also the Official Pizza of the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins.

Papa John’s franchise remodels 17 local restaurants

The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s, which was awarded the company’s prestigious title of 2010 Franchisee of the Year in March, recently remodeled 17 of their 22 locations.

The Johncol team continues to do an outstanding job of delivering on the “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza” brand promise and the recent remodels are an example of their commitment to the brand. The new restaurant lobby enhancements are simple, clean, inviting and deliver the brand personality and promise through signature elements which include a very appealing red and grey color scheme.

On a recent trip to Columbus, Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter, toured some of the remodeled stores and recognized Johncol’s commitment to the brand. The Johncol team was the first franchise team in the country to complete a remodel of this scale.

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is in the house!

Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter, and his entire executive team joined the Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s at the Ohio State RPAC for their quarterly team meeting on April 18, 2011. The Johncol team was recently awarded the company’s prestigious title of 2010 Franchisee of the Year. This is the second trip to Columbus for Papa John Schnatter who recently toured some of the remodeled stores and recognized Johncol’s commitment to the brand.

 “Johncol, Inc. has done an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer. “This franchisee is an excellent role model for the entire Papa John’s system and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”

Local Papa John’s team earns national honor and named #1 franchise

The Central Ohio franchise group for Papa John’s has been honored and awarded the company’s prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year for 2010 at the Papa John’s worldwide Operators Convention in Orlando, Florida. on March 8.

Johncol, Inc. is based in Columbus with 22 franchise restaurants headed up by Franchisee Allen Hertzman and Operating Partner Charles Burris. The Johncol team received the award from Papa John’s founder John Schnatter in recognition of their outstanding sales growth, Pizza Quality, Customer Service and excellence in store operations and restaurant image. Hertzman opened his first Papa John’s Restaurant on Bethel Road in 1991. Since then Johncol has expanded in the greater Columbus area including locations in Delaware, Marion, Mansfield and Newark/Heath.

“Johncol, Inc. has done an outstanding job delivering on our ‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza’ brand promise,” said John Schnatter, Papa John’s Founder, Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer. “This franchisee is an excellent role model for the entire Papa John’s system and it is an honor to recognize their efforts.”

Papa John’s brings better ingredients, better pizza experience to iPhone with new online ordering app

Papa John’s International, Inc. today announced the launch of its first ever Apple iPhone application, bringing full menu access and on-the-go ordering direct to the popular platform. The free app is currently live and available for download from the iPhone App Store.

Papa John’s current mobile site has flourished since its 2008 launch. The application, unlike competitors, performs all functions of the Papa John’s website and is expected to significantly grow the company’s already strong mobile presence. The iPhone app allows the customer to order every menu item and offer currently available in the Papa John’s system.

“As the Better Ingredients, Better Pizza provider, offering our loyal customers a better digital experience has always been a company priority and we believe the new Papa John’s iPhone application does that,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This app allows our customers to access all their favorite Papa John’s menu items and order them faster and easier than ever before.”

There are currently more than 50 million Apple iPhone users and, according to the latest International Data Corp report, nearly 11 billion apps were downloaded in 2010, highlighting an on-the-go smartphone demographic that doesn’t always have time to scour through websites for information.

“That is why Papa John’s designed a stand-alone app, providing a full menu selection of Papa John’s pizzas, sides, drinks, desserts and our customers’ favorite extras,” Varga added. “The app also includes our newest and most popular offers, mobile order functionality, account login and even access to Papa Points Loyalty Program to reward our returning customers.”

Earlier this year, Papa John’s introduced the only national online pizza loyalty program, Papa Points, in which customers can earn points towards free pizza with each online purchase. Once enrolled, customers earn one point for every $5 spent online; when customers accumulate 25 points, they receive a free pizza with up to three toppings.

Papa John’s awarded the 2010 Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed Directors Choice Award

Papa John’s was awarded the Directors Choice award by the Mid Ohio Foodbank for their outstanding 2010 Operation Feed campaign. In April, Papa John’s collected over 130,000 cans from the central Ohio community by giving away a FREE pizza for every 10 cans of food or non-perishable food items donated by the central Ohio community.

The Director’s Choice Award recipient is selected by Operation Feed staff members and recognizes outstanding campaign achievements. “When Papa John’s approached us they asked if we thought a free pizza giveaway in exchange for a donation of canned goods would be successful,” said Joan Lloyd, Operation Feed Campaign Director. “Their promotion defined success. In just two weeks they gave away over 10,000 large pizzas — and more importantly they raised nearly 125,000 meals for our neighbors in need.”

The goal was to reach 100,000 cans or non-perishable food items and give away 10,000 pizzas! By the second week of the promotion they exceeded their goal and collected over 130,000 meals for central Ohioans.

“We were looking for a way to give back to the central Ohio community for their support over the past eighteen years,” Charles Burris, Operating Partner for Papa John’s of Central Ohio. “We set a goal of giving away 10,000 pizzas and providing 100,000 meals to Central Ohioans and were humbled by the response and how fast we achieved and exceeded our goal. The Central Ohio community has always been a great partner with Papa John’s and this is the latest example.”

Now in its 29th year, Operation Feed is the annual community-wide food and funds drive coordinated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Each spring, businesses, associations, religious organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals come together to help their neighbors in need. The community’s response to hunger helps to stock the shelves of hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters in Central and Eastern Ohio. These agencies depend on Operation Feed to provide nutritious, filling food, and 100% of each contribution is used to provide food for those in need. To learn more about joining the fight against hunger, contact Mid-Ohio Foodbank at 614-274-7770 or operationfeed@midohiofoodbank.org.