-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events
Chickie’s & Pete’s, home of world famous Crabfries®, teams up once again with the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) and the Atlantic City Expressway to kick-off the summer by paying travelers tolls Memorial Day Weekend. Chickie’s and Pete’s will be paying tolls (cash and EZ Pass) for all drivers at the Eastbound Egg Harbor, New Jersey Toll Plaza Exit on Free Toll Friday, May 26th from 5pm to 6pm.
Early that afternoon, from 12:00pm Noon to 5:00pm, Chickie’s and Pete’s will give away free orders of their world famous Crabfries® at the Farley Plaza from The Crabfries® Express Food Truck, plus host an outdoor celebration with complimentary food and drink from Hershey’s Ice Cream, Mars, Carlo’s Bakery, Applegreen and Monster Energy Drink. The celebration will also include The Funny Farm rescue sanctuary, Dalmatian puppies for puppy meet and greets, New Jersey State Police K9 dog team, Atlantic City International Airport Fire and Rescue Equipment, and dozens of other organizations, vendors, artists and exhibitors.
“Free Toll Friday has become one of my favorite summertime traditions,” said Chickie’s & Pete’s Chairman and CEO Pete Ciarrocchi. “It’s a great way to thank all those who have supported us over the years and kick off the summer in a fun way.”
There are far more than just free tolls that make up the Chickie’s & Pete’s/ South Jersey Transportation Authority summer kick-off celebration at the Frank S. Farley Plaza from 12:00pm to 5:00pm as a lead up to the magic hour. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy free Crabfries from the Chickie’s & Pete’s Food Truck as well as complimentary food and beverages courtesy of Hershey’s Ice Cream, Mars, Carlo’s Bakery and treats from Applegreen (the food service operator at the Farley Service Plaza right on the Atlantic City Expressway at Milepost 21.3). Monster Energy Drink will also be there with samplings to help refresh and invigorate the crowd.
In addition, children can visit with ambassadors from The Funny Farm, an animal rescue sanctuary for farm and zoo animals. Dalmatian puppies will be on-hand for children to meet, greet and pet in a supervised area, plus the New Jersey State Police K9 police dog team and the Fire and Rescue Equipment from The Atlantic City International Airport will make their annual appearance.
The event includes almost 40 organizations, vendors, artists, and exhibitors from across South Jersey distributing free samples while they last, plus the one-hour toll-free, eastbound passage at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza as the SJTA kicks off another 100 Days of Summer at 5:00pm.
Chickie’s & Pete’s is also proud to join forces with local non-profit, The Patriot Fund this Memorial Day Weekend; paying homage to what really matters this holiday. The Patriot Fund works to provide a world where our heroic Veterans can return from duty proactively supported psychologically, emotionally, socially, and financially as they and their families re-engage into civilian life.
Ciarrocchi chose Memorial Day Weekend to pay the tolls as a way to honor his family’s military tradition. “My Dad and my Uncles were all in the military,” said Ciarrocchi. “In fact, my Uncle George, who was my restaurant mentor, won the Silver Star for bravery. He was quite the guy, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him.”
When you order Chickie’s “Patriot Punch” cocktail Memorial Day Weekend, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Patriot Fund. For more information on The Patriot Fund and to donate, please visit patriotfundinc.org.
For more about Chickie’s and Pete’s, visit www.ChickiesandPetes.com for details.