Jun 09, 2015, 05:48 ET
CHICAGO, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lou Malnati's Pizzeria will support Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich in a friendly bet for charity with Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Lou Malnati's will donate its legendary Chicago-style deep dish pizza to feed 300 guests of Pinellas Hope homeless shelter in Tampa Bay in the event that the Chicago Blackhawks lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals. Should the Blackhawks win the series, Bishop Lynch has committed to send grapefruit to the Windy City.
"I'm looking forward to seeing those grapefruit land in Chicago just as much as I am looking forward to seeing the Blackhawks hoisting the cup," said owner Marc Malnati. "But if things don't unfold that way, then we'll still share our deep dish with people who need it."
Bishop Robert N. Lynch is the head of the Diocese of St. Petersburg which has a Catholic population of nearly 400,000 and the principal cities of the diocese are Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The potential beneficiary, Pinellas Hope, is a ministry of Catholic Charities which facilitates the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Since its inception in December 2007, Pinellas Hope has assisted more than 1,800 individuals.
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich is the head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest archdiocese in the United States with more than 2.3 million Catholics in Cook and Lake Counties. St. Leo's Residence is located in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The innovative integration of services offered there helps to stabilize and improve the lives of formerly homeless veterans.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is a family-owned company that stresses consistency in quality, service, and food, offered in a unique environment by a staff that is committed to one another, the customer, and the community.
Contact: Meggie Lindberg, 847-313-4902
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