Jersey Mikes donates to PHHS Project Graduation

Jersey Mike's "Month of Giving" donated a total of $6,855.55 to Project Graduation.

PHHS Principal Michael DeSantis, Manger Jonathan Duque, Mayor James Barberio and the Viking mascot.

PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Hills High School Project Graduation was chosen by Jersey Mike’s, Smith Road, on Wednesday, March 30 to donate 100% of the day’s sales.

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, asks customers to eat a sub and help a local charity.

This year, the national sub shop chain joined forces with more than 180 local charities for the company’s 6th Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. Last year’s Month of Giving raised more than $3 million for more than 150 different charities nationwide and this year Jersey Mike’s hopes to raise even more.

During the month of March, everyone was invited to come into Jersey Mike’s restaurant and make a donation to that location’s designated charity partner, Parsippany Hills High School Project Graduation. Other charities at other Jersey Mike’s locations include hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more.

The campaign culminated in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 30 when 100 percent of the day’s sales – every single dollar – is donated to the local partner charity. This year Parsippany Hills High School Project Graduation was chosen by Parsippany’s Jersey Mike’s location. Jersey Mike’s “Month of Giving” donated a total of $6,855.55 to Project Graduation. This included all tips for the month of March, plus 100 percent of all sales for the March 30 Day of Giving.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to come in and enjoy a Jersey Mike’s sub during our Month of Giving,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17 years old.  “This year, as we celebrate 60 years in business, we hope to raise more than $3.5 million to help local charities. It’s gratifying to know that each new location brings more opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Jersey Mike’s has more than doubled in size in just three years. Last year, Jersey Mike’s opened 197 new locations and exceeded the 1,000-unit mark. Started in 1956, the sub chain now has more than 1,500 restaurants open and under development nationwide.

“Giving…making a difference in someone’s life” has been the mission of Jersey Mike’s from the beginning. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $14 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 1.5 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

Project Graduation is a program offered by many high schools in the United States, in which organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities are offered as part of a post-graduation party, as an alternative to student-run events involving alcoholic beverages or other drugs.