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Announcing Papa John’s #DollarsForDough and #iSmileForAngele non-profit partnership
April 14, 2019

Can I get a soul clap for the continuous stride everyone makes daily to enforce change. In order to be the change we want to see we have to evaluate our surroundings in which need attention for the betterment within our communities.

Papa John’s #pizza #DollarsForDough #campaign helps to support the funding of #iSmileForAngele through community events and programs. How can you help? You can help with this #fundraiser by ordering a large 3 topping pizza and using the code: SMILE4ME. It is valid through December 31, 2019 at the 4 #HARLEM locations and 20% will be allocated to #iSmileForAngele #nonprofit to continue our #mission. We previously hosted #community feedings, awarded iSmileForAngele Legacy scholarships to High School Seniors, held several Kick Back Against Bullying sneaker drives, along with donating clothes and coats to local shelters, held poetry course at a middle school for National Poetry month and we have assisted G.R.A.C.E (Granting Resources And Community Enrichment) non-profit with their Annual Back to School Block Party just to name a few accomplishments and initiatives. There is so much more we can do with your #support.

Let’s redefine our power. Like the old saying goes “without any risk there is no reward.” Let’s support each other in taking care of our familes and ensuring a brighter future for our scholars.

Call the respective Papa John’s to apply the code over the phone or visit and apply the code at checkout from the four participating Harlem Papa John’s listed below:

Lenox Avenue
703 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10039
Phone: (212) 491-7272

1st Avenue
2119 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 996-7272

Amsterdam Avenue
896 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 864-7272

Amsterdam Avenue
1709 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 281-7272

1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive
October 3, 2017

The Mayor of NYC Bill Blasio awarded the #iSmileForAngele campaign efforts in the 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive during Suicide Prevention Month.

Hiiii splashy readers this weekend was nothing short of AMAZING! On Saturday September 30th at Bakery HNY sneaker store [1457 Amsterdam Avenue] the #iSmileForAngele 1st Annual Kick Back Against Bullying Sneaker Drive was held. The mission of the event was to service children within our communities and school system who maybe homeless or living in shelters by providing new or gently used sneakers as we fight to prevent bullying. The reassurance of confidence starts within our children knowing they are important and valued.

Bakery HNY

Donated kicks

Donated kicks

I am excited to type 325 sneakers were allocated to 3 shelters in Harlem. Upon delivering the donated sneakers I learned that many families were displaced due to a huge fire over the weekend. That made me feel good knowing that families will benefit from all of the contributions. The day was filled with laughs, support and most of all love. I grew up in Harlem and my mother has always instilled that helping others in need is a blessing as you are so fortunate in life. Every donated sneaker was accompanied with an inspirational note to reassurance the recipient that you are worthy and you will rise from your present circumstance.

My support system entrepreneurs Gracie and Latoya.

Everyone came together from a simple idea that was executed by teamwork. I am still in awe and glad that I can be of assistance in any way possible. If you have a goal, write it down, build a team and DO IT! I could not have completed my mission without the help of Gracie Cedres, Latoya Wyman, Kathleen Delva and Cheo owner of Bakery HNY; they all were key component parts alongside every single person who donated their new/gently used sneakers and new socks!

Cheo and Kathleen posing in Bakery HNY sneaker store with some of the donated kicks from the event.

It was a great day at the start of the event it drizzled a little bit however, the love of giving back outweighed the rain with sunshine. The day was beautiful as kid’s joined and learned the importance of helping others in need. Papa John’s pizza was sponsored by Indie Brokers and it was nice to see children interacting with adults playing charades.

Overall, the event was a success and it just goes to show how a simple idea can take off with support from your community. The donations will allievate parents, bring smiles to children’s face and make the donators feel impactful that their contribution helped. I will continue to team up with other driven entrepreneurs to ensure we do our part in seeing that there is change with gestures, education and fun in the community.

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