February 8, 2019. Louisville, KY. – To celebrate National Pizza Day on Saturday, February 9, Papa John’s is kicking off the 2019 Papa John’s Thunder Funder Program. Anyone who orders Papa John’s Pizza can be a Thunder Funder and help support this year’s Thunder Over Louisville, now just 64 days away. Beginning February 9th through May 4th, participating Papa John’s locations will donate 20% of every pizza order made online at PapaJohns.com to help fund Thunder Over Louisville. Customers must use the promo code “THUNDERFUNDER” upon checking out.

“Papa John’s has really made supporting Thunder Over Louisville as easy as ordering a pizza,”
said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Thunder wouldn’t be the show it is today without the support of community-minded partners like Papa John’s.”

Papa John’s is a longtime friend of the Festival and has been the Official Pizza of the Kentucky Derby Festival for many years. They also participate in the Festival’s Pegasus Pin Program.

“Papa John’s has been a proud Kentucky Derby Festival sponsor for the past 16 years.” said Hillary Simmons, Papa John’s Community Project Specialist. “Through the Thunder Funder Program, we continue to build upon our community-focused initiatives across our home base of Kentuckiana.”

The theme of this year’s show is “The Wonderful World of Thunder” – will celebrate 30 years of the show with a soundtrack of songs from everyone’s favorite fairytale and animated movies. The Festival is also planning for another packed air show in 2019. The show will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the KC Flight Formation Team, the 6-ship Trojan Thunder Team, Younkin Airshows and many more. Additional details on the 2019 Thunder Air Show will be released closer to the show date.

Presenting sponsors of Thunder Over Louisville are Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, and UPS. Ford Motor Company is sponsor of Ford’s Thunder on the Ground. Logan Lavelle Hunt is the Official Sound Sponsor and The Galt House is the Official Hotel of the event. Thunder Over Louisville’s 2019 Official Broadcast Partners are WAVE 3 NEWS and SummitMedia’s 106.9 PLAY.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of the more than 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2019 Thunder Over Louisville is set for Saturday, April 13, and will be the 30th annual production.

About Papa John’s
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third-largest pizza delivery company. For 16 of the past 18 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com.

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