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Tony Packo’s is a restaurant chain that has five locations in the Toledo, Ohio, area. Recently, the company vice president presented a check for $2,965 to The Salvation Army from funds raised last December.

The money will go to help The Salvation Army meet human need this summer and show that such needs are ongoing.

Major Thomas Duperree, area coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Northwest Ohio Area Services, said, “We have a great partner and friend who believes in our cause, and who stands behind us with more than just a monetary gift.

“These people, these employees, come out and they do some of the hard work. They ring the bells for us. They engage some of their partners to help ring the bells and to also make donations to The Salvation Army.”

Scott Radel, Tony Packo’s vice president, said the chain began a relationship with The Salvation Army three–and–a­–half years ago.

“We felt they help local folks in a pretty nice way and are aligned with what we thought was a good use for our money,” Radel said.

Tony Packo’s has been “serving authentic Hungarian food in the Toledo area since 1932,” according to the company’s website.

The donation to The Salvation Army was raised partly through the company’s “Pierogis Against Poverty” program. The store donated $1 from the sale of every pierogi (stuffed dumpling) and $5 from every $25 gift card sold. Employees also stood kettles and the company matched the giving on a specific day.

“We also had our vendors contribute at various levels,” Radel said.

by Robert Mitchell

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