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Local Charity Comes Up The Winner In ARAMARK
Harrison Lodging Super Bowl Wager


Friendly Competition Yields Three Bountiful Baskets That Will Serve
75 Beneficiaries of South Middlesex Opportunity Council

Wellesley, Ma. – February 10, 2005 – The Super Bowl just isn’t the Super Bowl without a wager between friends, or in this case, between ARAMARK Harrison Lodging conference centers in New England and Philadelphia.  The winners didn’t make a dime, but instead donated food baskets to their favorite charitable outlets. 
 The idea started back in 2004 before the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers won their respective conference titles. ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Bob Johns heard a radio broadcast about a personal bet between two politicians for an expensive dinner. 

“I thought a similar wager could be put to better use,” said Johns, general manager, Babson Executive Conference Center. “Knowing how committed ARAMARK is to the communities it serves, I jumped at the chance to have some fun and help local charities at the same time.  Encouraged by last year’s success and New England’s repeat at the Super Bowl, I knew I had to put the challenge out again.”
 When the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles made the Super Bowl, Johns reached out to John Pitocchelli, general manager of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Villanova Conference Center, located just outside of Philadelphia. John was up to the challenge. 

The two colleagues agreed that the person from the losing city would provide food baskets for local charities in the winner’s locale. The number of baskets would be determined by the Super Bowl point spread, with a minimum of three to be distributed. 

Thanks to the Patriots’ 24-21 victory over the Eagles, Villanova Conference Center will fund three ARAMARK food baskets for a charity in the Boston area. 

Each basket serves 25 people and contains all the fixings for a turkey dinner, including two turkeys, 10 pounds of potatoes, vegetables and three pies. The donation will be made to the South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Framingham.

Pitocchelli acknowledged that the donation softened the blow of his team’s Super Bowl loss. “Either way it was a win,” said Pitocchelli.  “It was a great way to commemorate our team’s participation in the Super Bowl and to give something to an ARAMARK community. I’m hoping for a rematch next year!”  Johns’ wish is that the New England Patriots will help him keep this tradition alive and create a “three-peat” for New England charities!

Offering a collection of the world’s most effective environments for learning, communication and personal growth, ARAMARK operates more than 50 conference centers, corporate training centers and specialty hotels in educational environments. Each is strategically located close to leading business destinations. The company supports the stringent standards of IACC and harnesses the power and expertise of its founding entities to expand its contributions to the industry. 

To learn more about ARAMARK Harrison Lodging or to book a meeting, log onto or call the company’s National Accounts Offices at 1-800-422-MEET.

ARAMARK Corporation is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, international and domestic corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel.  ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry in the 2004 FORTUNE 500 survey and was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2004, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 200,000 employees serving clients in 19 countries.

Keri Firstenberg / Jessica Lenobel
  Middleton & Gendron, Inc.
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