'Big Poppa Pump' Scott Steiner Joins Forces With Shoney's(R) for Upcoming Shoney's 2009 5K Family Fun Run, June 6 in Nashville

May 22, 2009, 10:55 ET from Shoney's

Former World Heavyweight Champion and World Tag Team Champion to Participate in Fundraising Event by Shoney's Benefiting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoney's(R) today announced that "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, former WCW and WWA World Heavyweight Champion and one of the Steiner Brothers, six-time WCW World Tag Team Champions, will be participating in the upcoming Shoney's 2009 5K Family Fun Run, the first ever family fun event of its kind benefiting the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

"This is more than a celebrity guest appearance by Scott Steiner, one of the most dominant pro wrestlers in history," said David Davoudpour, chairman and chief executive officer of Shoney's. "'Big Poppa Pump' will be an active participant in the race because he believes in what Shoney's is doing to benefit the Nashville police."

Steiner, who has dominated the main event scene since capturing the WCW heavyweight championship from Booker T. in 2000 and who is still a headliner with TNA, liked the cause enough to not only appear and sign autographs, but to be in the race himself.

"'Big Poppa Pump' is going to put his muscles where the race is: on the streets of Nashville on June 6," said Steiner. "I believe so much in what Shoney's is doing for the men and women in blue that making an appearance just wasn't enough. I am going to pound the pavement myself for this great cause."

Through its inaugural Family Fun Run, Shoney's has guaranteed the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department a minimum donation of $20,000. In addition, Davoudpour announced earlier this month that his Nashville-based family restaurant company will pledge an additional $5 per registrant in the event, making the overall donation higher.

The event and the resulting Shoney's donation will spearhead the establishment of the Nashville Police Fund which will help officers offset the expense of earning college degrees, according to Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

The race/event is June 6 from 7 a.m. to noon outside LP Field in downtown Nashville and will feature $1000 prizes for the top male and female runners. During the day's events, there will be a Family Fun Festival open to the public with FREE activities for the kids featuring face painting, balloon artists, games, giant inflatables and an appearance by the Shoney Bear(R).

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will be on hand with a police cruiser, a police helicopter and members of The Nashville Police S.W.A.T. Team, the Nashville Police Bomb Team and their Bomb Robot.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.shoneys.com.

Nashville-based Shoney's(R), with 260 restaurants in 18 states, is a family restaurant where guests can enjoy great tasting food and great service in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. All Shoney's(R) restaurants are open 364 days a year, excluding Christmas, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shoney's(R) updated menu offers freshly prepared, never frozen favorites and new choices to complement its daily-themed buffet. For restaurant hours or the nearest Shoney's(R) restaurant location, visit www.shoneys.com.

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