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Pizza Nova founders Primucci family honoured by Variety the Children’s Charity

Variety the Children’s Charity of Ontario has honoured the Primucci Family (founders of Pizza Nova) with the unveiling of the Primucci Pavilion, which, at its entrance, boasts a mural created by artist Nicole Lalonde. From left to right, Charles Taerk, chairman of Variety Ontario, Sam Primucci, founder of Pizza Nova, Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Ontario and Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova.
Variety the Children’s Charity of Ontario has honoured the Primucci Family (founders of Pizza Nova) with the unveiling of the Primucci Pavilion, which, at its entrance, boasts a mural created by artist Nicole Lalonde. From left to right, Charles Taerk, chairman of Variety Ontario, Sam Primucci, founder of Pizza Nova, Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Ontario, and Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova.

Since 1963, the Primucci surname has been synonymous with pizza as the founders of Pizza Nova.

Recently, the family were recognized for close to a quarter-century of support for Variety the Children’s Charity of Ontario with the reveal of its newly renovated Primucci Pavilion, the main lobby to the organization’s offices located at the intersection of Danforth Avenue and Kingston Road in Toronto. Part of the renovation includes a 6.7-metre-wide (10-foot-wide) by 3.1-metre-wide (10-foot-high) mural depicting children at play against the Toronto skyline with the words, “Share the love”.

“Pizza Nova has been a deeply cherished partner since 1999,” says Karen Stintz, president of Variety. “We are delighted to honour them in this way. Their contributions have helped us to lovingly serve thousands of children and their families over the years. We could not be more thankful for their relentless and inspiring support.”

Over the course of a 23-year partnership, Pizza Nova has raised more than $2 million for Variety with the support of its customers, franchisees, and staff. This year’s contribution was announced at the reveal, with $203,902 raised from the company’s 2022 “That’s Amore Pizza for Kids” campaign.

“We are blessed to be a part of this community and to be able to give back,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. “The Primucci Pavilion captures an important element of the drive that has motivated us since day one—helping children, no matter their circumstances, to enjoy access to good, wholesome fun and activities. We made our first donation to Variety in 1999 and have never looked back. We’re excited about what’s to come and thank the board, the leadership, and the staff and volunteers at Variety for all they do for the children. They truly make the world a better place.”

Variety announced the new name of their pavilion last June and has since completed its renovation of the space. Part of the renovations included the mural, created by Ontario artist Nicole Lalonde.

Sam Primucci, who founded Pizza Nova was in attendance with his wife, Gemma, sons Domenic and Mike, and daughters-in-law Anna and Lori.

“We’re honoured by this new pavilion and beautiful mural,” said Sam. “But, truly, we’re here and have always come here to honour the people who work at Variety. We are privileged to be associated with each one of them. We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”

Through its programs, Variety helps thousands of children living with physical and mental disabilities by providing an accessible facility at Variety Village, specialized programs, dedicated staff, and a welcoming and equal community.

“The difference the Primucci family has made in the lives of children is difficult to quantify,” said Stintz. “They’ve provided chances when they seemed scarce, and optimism on difficult days. The kids will remember these opportunities for their whole lives, and so will we.”

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