Ron Gartlan, president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, was honored by Boys Town on Tuesday, May 3, with the Spirit of Youth Award. The award recognizes people and organizations that embody the spirit of youth through work, words, actions and examples.
Gartlan and Father Val Peter, former Boys Town president and national executive director, founded the first national sponsorship of Boys Town in 2005. Since then, Gartlan has incorporated Boys Town messaging into Godfather’s Pizza’s national advertising, as well as promoted the Boys Town National Hotline on all pizza boxes, helping to save lives and provide much needed support for youth and their families.
Gartlan formalized restaurant fund-raising programs to assist Boys Town, and donates pizza to celebrate the positive accomplishments of the children and families that rely on Boys Town for help. Gartlan developed an internship and job program for Boys Town children, and he and his staff mentor youth and donate gifts during the holidays
Gartlan continues to use his experience and position with Godfather’s Pizza to personally give back to the youth of Boys Town.