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STONEFIRE GRILL SERVES UP DAY OF FUN FOR CHOC PATIENTS AND ISSUES GREAT AMERICAN PIZZA CHALLENGE
March 21, 2007

The world’s biggest Easter egg will serve as the centerpiece of a day of activities on April 4 at 10 a.m. for young patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) that will include decorating the giant egg, coloring real eggs, and creating designer pizzas.

The event will serve as a precursor to the Great American Pizza Challenge at all Southern California Stonefire Grill locations whereby proceeds generated by the sale of the restaurants’ oven-baked pizzas on Friday, April 6 will be donated to CHOC. The public is encouraged to order either the traditional or deep-dish pies that range in price from $8.99 to $15.99 and are available in-house or to-go.

“Children’s Hospital of Orange County is one of our favorite local organizations and we wanted to do something special for the patients that went beyond merely raising funds for them,” says Mary Harrigan, who with her sister, Maureen, founded the popular eateries in 2000. “We will be encouraging the children to express their Easter wishes and overall creativity on the giant Easter egg and simply have a ball coming up with their own pizza creations. We hope that by engaging them in these activities, the children will get their minds off of their illness or injury and get back to just being kids."

She adds, “This day of fun is really a precursor to the Great American Pizza Challenge, which we hope will entice pizza lovers throughout the Southland to step up to the plate, so to speak. We hope the response is overwhelming so that we can make a substantial contribution to support treatment and research programs at CHOC.”

For more information about the Great American Pizza Challenge, call (562) 491-1000.

About Stonefire Grill:

The first Stonefire Grill was launched by the Harrigans in 2000 as an homage to their mother and the family’s nightly gatherings when they enjoyed delicious family-style dinners and spirited conversation in the comfortable atmosphere of their home. Today, Stonefire Grills stand as a testament to that legacy. Each restaurant is distinguished by its commitment to serving exceptional food in a pleasant environment by friendly and professional servers. The restaurants offer an expansive menu featuring mesquite grilled tri-tip, barbecue and lemon-garlic chicken, baby-back ribs, and a wide assortment of salads, pizzas and pastas. All items on the menu are available “to-go” and each restaurant is even designed with a special entrance dedicated to take-out -- the modern mother’s version of providing a wholesome, delicious meal for her family. In addition, the Stonefire Grill has earned an outstanding reputation for its value-oriented catering capabilities as featured on the Style Network for “catering a scrumptious meal on a budget.” Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Stonefire Grills are located in Irvine, Valencia, Fountain Valley and West Hills. For more information, visit www.Stonefiregrill.com.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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