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Serving up a good cause

This week through Thursday, California Pizza Kitchens in Annapolis, Hunt Valley and across Maryland and the U.S. are raising money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families.

The One Fund was formed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to aid those affected by the bombings. It has received several donations already from large corporations, including $1 million from John Hancock Financial, a life insurance and financial services company headquartered in Boston.

California Pizza Kitchen won’t know for sure until the end of the week, officials there said Wednesday. But the fundraising drive there seemed to be successful, store employees said.

“It’s going great,” said an employee in a suburban Washington location. “We feel very passionate about getting the word out there.”