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Chicken Salad Chick in Port Charlotte sets fundraising record for Family & Friends Event, benefitting Golisano Children’s Hospital

Chicken Salad Chick grand opening and check presentation

Chicken Salad Chick, a fast-casual, Southern-inspired chicken salad restaurant, has raised $4,134 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida at its “Family & Friends” events on Jan. 6-7, setting a new fundraising record for the franchise’s 220 restaurants across 17 states.

Chicken Salad Chick invited families and friends of employees, as well as local first responders and other community members, to sample items from the menu and meet franchise owners Kendal Potesta and Scott Pace. Throughout the complimentary two-day event, guests donated generously to Golisano Children’s Hospital, with 100% of the proceeds going to Golisano.

“After breaking the record for this event last year in Fort Myers, we were absolutely thrilled to see Port Charlotte blow it out of the water by raising even more for Golisano Children’s Hospital,” said Kendal Potesta, co-owner of Chicken Salad Chick in Port Charlotte. “We are so blessed to be in such a great community where people are willing to give generously to ensure that life-changing programs and services are available for local children diagnosed with cancer.”

During its grand opening on Jan. 10, Chicken Salad Chick presented the $4,134 check to Barbara’s Friends of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Barbara’s Friends, the childhood cancer fund for Golisano Children’s Hospital, helps provide for the needs of patients and families including counseling, medical equipment, facilities, staffing and family assistance.

“We are immensely grateful for the support of Chicken Salad Chick and the Port Charlotte community for their generous contribution to support the brave children in our care,” said Amy Frith, Sr. Director of Barbara’s Friends the pediatric cancer fund for Golisano. “Together, we are working to make a difference in the lives of children and their families facing a cancer diagnosis at Golisano. This donation will help us continue to provide the resources and support needed to make a positive impact in the fight against childhood cancer.”

Located at 1799 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, the new restaurant is the third of six locations Potesta and Pace plan to open in Southwest Florida. Chicken Salad Chick is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Learn more at Facebook.com/ChickenSaladChickPortCharlotteFL or follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

About Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick serves full-flavored, Southern-style chicken salad made from scratch and served from the heart. With more than a dozen original chicken salad flavors as well as fresh side salads, gourmet soups, signature sandwiches and delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick’s robust menu is a perfect fit for any guest. Founded in Auburn, Alabama by Stacy and Kevin Brown, in 2008, Chicken Salad Chick has grown to more than 220 restaurants in 17 states. Today, under the leadership of Scott Deviney and the Chicken Salad Chick team, the brand is continuing its rapid expansion with both franchise and company locations. Chicken Salad Chick has received numerous accolades including rankings in the 2022 Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Franchise Times’ Fast & Serious for the second consecutive year, Fast Casual.com‘s top Movers and Shakers from 2018 to 2022, QSR’s Best Franchise Deals in 2019 and 2020, and Franchise Business Review’s Top Food Franchises in 2020. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.

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