NEW BRITAIN – The Autism Center at Hospital for Special Care will be receiving 30 percent of the proceeds made at the grand opening of Simple Greek Thursday in West Hartford.
The opening is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Simple Greek in the Corbin’s Corner Plaza, 1481 New Britain Ave.
This is the latest partnership between the Chatzopoulos family-the family behind Chip’s Family Restaurant-in support of the autism program at HSC.
HSC CEO Lynn Ricci said the partnership began through Chip’s support of HSC’s annual Spectrum of Kindness autism awareness initiative.
In the past, owner George Chatzopoulos said he raised over $7,000 to donate to the hospital.
Ricci and owner George met through the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce and connected immediately to get the initiative out about autism.
With the new restaurant, which opened last Tuesday, June 6, Ricci said Chatzopoulos jumped on board quickly for the two to work together again.
The proceeds raised will go towards the Harpers Fund for Autism that was established at the hospital to extend support services to more individuals in need, said Ricci.
The Autism Center opened in 2012 and provides a number of resources for state-wide youths living with autism. Some of the services include treatment for kids to be seen by psychologists and psychiatrists, occupational and speech therapy and programs to teach kids social skills.
It is the nation’s first Patient-Centered Specialty Practice recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
West Hartford Mayor, local officials, Ricci, other HSC officials and franchise owner George Chatzopoulos will be in attendance to support the grand opening.
“George [Chatzopoulos] is the newest franchisee of Simple Greek and is looking to open 25 more stores in Connecticut, said field marketing manager for Simple Greek Dave DeVilbiss.
Chatzopoulos said he is always looking to make community connections and to give back.