December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
HONORING THE STATE WINNER AND NATIONAL FINALIST FOR RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2498] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE STATE WINNER AND NATIONAL FINALIST FOR RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY ______ HON. JERRY WELLER of illinois in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Mr. WELLER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Monical's Pizza Corporation (Monical's) for being the State winner and national finalist for Recognition of Outstanding Commitment to the Community and being awarded the Restaurant Neighbor Awards. This is the 5th annual year for the award. One day a week, for 17 weeks, youths participating in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program receive an education on drug abuse resistance. Monical's saw this as an opportunity to help reach out to youths before drug addiction starts. Since 1990, the restaurant has handed out more than 200,000 free pizza certificates to children who complete the D.A.R.E. program--a contribution totaling more than $1 million. Monical's commitment to D.A.R.E. began with a simple collaboration with the Lincoln, Illinois, police department to donate pizzas to students who graduated from D.A.R.E. Today, Monical's extends this opportunity to every community D.A.R.E. program located near one of their 50-plus restaurants. This translates into a value of more than $1 million. Students also receive a coupon for a Monical's Family Pleaser so they can bring the entire family for a celebration of their graduation. Mr. Speaker, I urge this body to identify and recognize other companies in their own districts whose actions have so greatly benefitted and strengthened America's families and communities. ____________________