COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Oct. 25, the Ohio Egg Marketing Program hosted the seventh annual PJs and Eggs event in partnership with 11 central Ohio restaurants, regularly open for breakfast and lunch. For one night only, the restaurants re-opened their doors from 5 p.m. to close to serve breakfast for dinner to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Guests were encouraged to wear pajamas to dinner and bring new kids’ pajamas to donate to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to benefit children receiving care and services through the hospital’s Columbus-wide treatment network. This year’s event raised $2,080 in monetary donations and 1,475 pairs of pajamas. To date, PJs and Eggs has raised more than $11,500 in monetary contributions for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and nearly 8,800 pairs of pajamas.
Participating restaurants included: Beechwold Diner, Gena’s Restaurant, Café Creekside (Gahanna), Lilly’s Kitchen Table, and seven Sunny Street Café central Ohio locations. At each participating restaurant, an Ohio egg farmer was on-site to answer diners’ questions about egg farming and the role eggs play in a healthy diet. Diners who donated pajamas also received a free dozen eggs to take home.
“It’s been our pleasure to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital for seven years through our annual PJs and Eggs event,” said Jim Chakeres, executive vice president of the Ohio Poultry Association. “PJs and Eggs is a great opportunity to connect consumers with egg farmers to answer questions about egg nutrition and egg farming in Ohio, all while supporting a great cause during a fun, family-friendly evening.”
Ohio is one of the largest egg farming states in the nation, producing 9.5 billion eggs per year, with an estimated retail value of approximately $411.9 million.
— Ohio Poultry Association