Pollo Campero Owners Host Reception for the Ayudame a Vivir Foundation in the U.S.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 General News
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MIAMI, Dec. 17 Campero USA Corp., the U.S. affiliate ofPollo Campero, the leading chain of chicken quick service restaurants fromLatin America, held a reception in South Florida on December 10 to benefit theAyudame a Vivir Foundation ("Help Me Live Foundation"). Patty Gutierrez,director of philanthropy and public relations at Campero USA, organized thisinaugural event, which was held at the Grand Bay Club in Key Biscayne. Theinvite-only event was held to promote the launch of the Ayudame a VivirFoundation in the United States, helping to raise much needed money forpediatric cancer research and treatment.

"The fundraiser for the Ayudame a Vivir Foundation was a great success,far exceeding our expectations," said Ms. Gutierrez. "With the generosity ofour attendees and other corporate sponsors, we helped raise more than $30,000for this wonderful cause."

The foundation intends to make a difference for children in need of cancertreatment in the U.S. by bringing much needed assistance and hope to childrenand families who are unable to pay for treatment. Through its efforts inGuatemala, Ayudame a Vivir has played a role in helping professionals increasechild cancer survival rates in Guatemala from 10 percent to 70 percent and hashelped treat more than 2,000 children.

Added Ms. Gutierrez, "Campero USA has always taken a firm commitment toassisting pediatric cancer causes wherever possible, and we are honored tohave had the opportunity to continue supporting this cause, which is very nearand dear to us. We have seen firsthand the incredibly positive impact thatFundacion Ayudame A Vivir has had on fighting pediatric cancer in Guatemala,and after last night's event, truly believe that its sister organization willhave a similar impact here in the United States."

"This reception helped raise awareness about pediatric cancer issues, andhas successfully introduced Ayudame a Vivir to philanthropists in the U.S. Weare proud to have had the financial support and assistance of long-standingcontributors Juan Jose Gutierrez, president of Pollo Campero, and Juan LuisBosch and Dionisio Gutierrez, co-presidents of Corporacion Multi Inversiones,"said Maria Eugenia de Mata, president of Ayudame a Vivir Foundation. "Thesecorporations and their leaders have been instrumental in the success of oursister organization in Guatemala, and are now playing an important role in ourexpansion into the United States. We are extremely thankful for theirrelentless support."

About Ayudame a Vivir Foundation

The Ayudame a Vivir Foundation, which translates to "Help Me Live," is asister organization to Guatemala's Fundacion Ayudame A Vivir, a non-profitorganization that raises money to fund cancer treatment for underprivilegedchildren. Due to the positive impact that Fundacion Ayudame A Vivir has hadon pediatric cancer treatment in Guatemala in such a short period of time, andthe success the organization has had in raising funds, a sister organization,The Ayudame a Vivir Foundation, was created in the United States in 2007 tofurther expand the mission of helping raise funds for children with cancer andfor facilities that help research and treat pediatric cancer. Ayudame a Vivirwas approved in 2008 by the IRS to operate as a charitable organization towhich tax deductible donations may be made. With its U.S. operations, theAyudame a Vivir Foundation intends to support facilities and patients in thetreatment of pediatric cancer and further cancer research not only in theUnited States, but in other parts of the world as well. For additionalinformation, please visit www.ayuviusa.org.

About Campero USA

Campero USA is an affiliate of Pollo Campero, founded by the GutierrezFamily in 1971, now chaired by Juan Jose Gutierrez. Campero USA opened itsfirst restaurant in 2002 and now has over 38 restaurants in the United States,with additional stores in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and New Jersey slated toopen this year. Pollo Campero is the largest Latin American chickenrestaurant chain, now operating 284 restaurants in 11 countries and servingmore than 75 million customers annually. Pollo Campero is part of the familyof corporations that make up Corporacion Multi Inversiones, which is currentlyled by co-presidents Juan Luis Bosch and Dionisio Gutierrez.Media Contacts: Patricia Gutierrez and James Meyer (305) 577-3443 ext. 304 pgutierrez@campero.com jmeyer@harpermeyer.com

SOURCE Campero USA, Corp.

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