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Rita’s in Katy TX strives to make a difference in the Local Community

Rita’s in Katy TX strives to make a difference in the Local Community


Rita’s in Katy TX strives to make a difference in the Local Community by supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and Pediatric Cancer Research. Rita’s in Katy is a small franchise business owned by Lisa Vice. This is the ninth blog in my series of ten hyper-local blogs concerning small business or individuals in the Katy or surrounding areas. Rita’s in Katy TX has their own web site and you can click here.


Rita’s was started back in 1984 by a man named Bob Tumolo who was a firefighter in Philadelphia PA. He opened his small Italian Ice Shop in Bensalem PA to supplement his firefighter income. The shop was named after his wife and hence the name of the stores is Rita’s. Their self-proclaimed way of life is ice custard happiness for all. The business was a local hit and Bob started the Franchise part in 1989. Rita’s can these days be found in over 19 states and have over 550 locations. Sounds like this are a very successful franchise business and not bad for a humble beginning started by a firefighter trying to earn additional money to raise his family.


Rita’s in Katy TX is located at 6825 S. Fry Road Katy TX and is in the Meadows Marketplace at the HEB plus store complex. Store hours are Monday to Saturday 11 AM until 10 PM and on Sunday 12 PM until 10 PM.


On Tuesday June 19, 2012 Rita’s is hosting Scoop Night which is an event to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer research. The event will run from 6 PM until 9 PM and special local area pediatric cancer survivors will be guest scoopers. Rita’s will donate 20 % of the proceeds from this evening to the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation.


Rita’s across the country are now through June 30, 2012 raising additional fund for the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. All guests to Rita’s can elect to donate $1 to support the Alex’s Foundation and have added to the wall at Rita’s a paper lemon. This paper lemon is a tribute to the local community’s support of the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. The Foundation main mission is to find cures for all childhood cancers. During year 2011, Rita’s across the country raised more than $500 K to support the Alex’s Foundation.


There is a very touching story about a child named Alex and her fight against childhood cancer. This poor child died at age 8 but at age 4 she started a Lemonade Stand to raise money for funding childhood cancer research. If you would like more information about this foundation go to their web site. The site has a picture of Alex (Alexandra) and this whole story really touches my heart.


If you are in Katy TX area stop by Rita’s and make a donation to help fight cancer in children. I know there are so many different charities to choose from but Pediatric cancer certainly has to hit deep into most folk’s heart. A big shout out to Rita’s for all of their wonderful support of the local community here in Katy and all across the country.






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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:50 AM by Bob Gilbert

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