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September 23, 2022

Happy joe's kids foundation pledges $50,000 in donations in honor of happy joe's 50th anniversary!

Nonprofit launched by iconic Midwestern pizza brand’s founding family to donate $1,000 each to 50 families that have children with disabilities

Happy joe's kids foundation pledges $50,000 in donations in honor of happy joe's 50th anniversary!Bettendorf, IA  (  Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, in conjunction with the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, is awarding $50,000 to help meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. In honor of the iconic brand’s 50th anniversary and the birthday of its late founder, Happy Joe Whitty, the iconic pizza brand will share the donation with families in each of the communities it serves.

Through the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation – a nonprofit organization founded by Whitty and his family – 50 families that support a child with physical or mental disabilities will each receive $1,000 to help offset medical expenses, meet mobility needs, as well as support their child’s educational and therapy initiatives. The program launched Saturday, Sept. 10 – Whitty’s birthday. Franchisees and general managers of all 50 Happy Joe’s restaurants will assist the foundation with finding families in need.

“My family and I are honored to make this gift and continue our father’s mission of giving back to the communities that helped him achieve his dream,” said Kristel Ersan, Happy Joe’s daughter and vice president of marketing for the company.

To continue the celebration, Happy Joe’s is also giving away a 2022 Ford® Explorer ST to one lucky guest. Fans can enter for a chance to win the highly rated SUV, along with $17,000 to cover taxes, by calling 844.648.2832 or registering online at Participants can also double their entries by using the code JOE with a donation of $25 or more to children’s charities, including the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, through the giveaway between now and Nov. 30, 2022. All proceeds will benefit children’s charities.

“For 50 years, Happy Joe’s has strived to create magical moments for all our guests wherever they may be,” said Happy Joe’s CEO and Chief Happiness Officer Tom Sacco. “We plan to continue Joe’s legacy for as long as possible. Our hope is that each donation we make will bring smiles and welcome relief to wonderful families across our system!”

To learn more about Happy Joe’s, visit To volunteer, donate or learn more about Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, visit or contact Kristel Ersan at or 563.650.4680. For interest in Happy Joe’s franchising opportunities, email Kat Davidson at or call 678.485.8413.

About Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream

Founded in 1972 by Joe Whitty in Davenport, Iowa, Happy Joe’s dream was to create a restaurant concept that focused on serving America’s two favorite foods – pizza and ice cream – in a family-friendly, celebratory environment. Owned and operated by Dynamic Restaurant Holdings Inc., Happy Joe’s has been named a FastCasual “Top 200” concept, Franchise Times “Top 400” business, and Nation’s Restaurant News “Top 500” restaurant. The family-centric pizza brand has eight company and 34 franchise locations throughout the Midwest with more in the pipeline. To learn more, visit or follow Happy Joe’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mario Zavala

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