EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 20, 2015) - The Pizza 73 team has two big reasons to smile this April. The company continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary and is kicking off its 2015 fundraising efforts for the Slices for Smiles Foundation.

From April 20 to May 10, Pizza 73 stores across Western Canada will bring back its signature Smile Pizza in support of Children's Miracle Network. The 9" pizza, topped with a pepperoni smile, will be available for only $4.99 for walk in orders and is also available for delivery when it is added to any pizza order. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this menu item will be donated to Children's Miracle Network, in support of its four member children's hospitals in western Canada.

"It's such an exciting year for Pizza 73," said Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza 73. "To reach the milestones of 30 years of business and six years of our Slices for Smiles fundraiser at Pizza 73 is incredible. It's always important for us to give back to the communities we serve and our smile pizzas are a fun way to spread some extra cheer for a great cause, one slice at a time."

Customers can also support the fundraiser by adding a donation to orders placed in store, by phone and online through Pizza 73's newly re-launched iPhone app and website at www.pizza73.com.

"It is amazing that since our partnership began, Pizza 73 -- together with its sister brand Pizza Pizza -- has raised over $1.6 million across Canada," said John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer for Children's Miracle Network in Canada. "Their customers, partners and staff are all committed to raising the bar year over year. Giving back to the children and families in their community is in their culture."

All traditional Pizza 73 locations across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will participate in Slices for Smiles. Funds that are raised locally will stay in the community in which they were raised, supporting the Children's Miracle Network member hospital for that region.

To date, Slices for Smiles Foundation has raised over $1.65 million for Children's Miracle Network. To learn more about Pizza 73's community initiatives, visit www.pizza73.com.

About Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and research. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the non-profit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Pizza 73

Established in 1985, Pizza 73 aims to satisfy every customer by providing excellent quality food and true value in a fast and friendly manner. The company, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2015, is a leader in the communities it serves and offers a broad range of menu items with 20 varieties of specialty pizzas, over 20 different toppings and four styles of crust (traditional pan, super pan, whole grain and gluten-free), and an assortment fresh side dishes including chicken wings, boneless wings, wedgies, dipping sauces and salads. Visit www.pizza73.com for more information.

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