Scottsdale, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Throughout September, Kahala brands Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery, The Great Steak & Potato Co., Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill and TacoTime will host a month-long fundraising celebration to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
These five brands will work together to raise $1 million that will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The effort builds off the partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cold Stone Creamery that started in 2002 and has generated $2.8 million to date for the nonprofit organization. This expanded partnership involves 3,000 restaurant locations across the country, all aiming to raise the funds to grant nearly 150 wishes this year alone.
Throughout the month, every Kahala store will sell paper Wish Stars for $1 each; however, the real celebration culminates with a week-long giveaway. Starting Sept. 22, each of the five brands will give away a signature menu item from 5 to 8 p.m. In return, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"This is the first time in Kahala's history that we've combined the efforts of several brands to make a lasting impact on a well-loved charity," said Kevin Blackwell, CEO and Chairman of Kahala. "I also believe this celebration showcases our ability to share strengths among brands while making a lasting impact on Kahala's national philanthropic partner, the Make-A-Wish Foundation."
To bring the partnership to life in a bigger, better way, wish kids Emily, 10, and Jack, 9, teamed up with Cold Stone Creamery Tastemaster Ray Karam to create their own ice cream Creations made with the newest ice cream flavors – marshmallow and Nutter Butter. These Creations have been named for Emily and Jack and will be the menu items given away on Sept. 25.
About Kahala, Blimpie, Cold Stone Creamery, The Great Steak & Potato Co., Samurai Sam's and TacoTime:
Kahala is creating the next big wave in franchising. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company owns and franchises diversified restaurant and service brands resulting in nearly 4,000 locations worldwide and $1.1 billion in system-wide sales. Currently, the brand portfolio includes: Blimpie, Cereality, Cold Stone Creamery, Frullati Café & Bakery, Great Steak, Johnnie's New York Pizzeria, NrGize Lifestyle Café, Ranch1, Rollerz, Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill, Surf City Squeeze and TacoTime. For more information about Kahala, please visit the company's web site at www.kahalacorp.com
Blimpie (founded in 1964) serves fresh, contemporary, deli-style sandwiches, soups and salads. Visit www.blimpie.com for more information.
Cold Stone Creamery (founded in 1988) delivers The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. Visit www.coldstonecreamery.com for more information.
The Great Steak & Potato Co. (founded in 1982) serves the finest Cheesesteak sandwiches in hundreds of locations throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Visit www.thegreatsteak.com for more information.
Samurai Sam's (founded in 1994) prides itself on being a great tasting, healthier alternative in the world of traditional fast food, using only the freshest ingredients and providing quick and friendly service, all at an affordable price. Visit www.samuraisams.net for more information.
TacoTime (founded in 1960) has been an industry leader in quality quick-service Mexican food by offering wholesome quality ingredients with a fresh, craveable taste. Visit www.tacotime.com for more information.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 167,000 wishes in the United States since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
*Participating US stores only. Please call to verify participation. Not valid in TacoTime stores in IN, MI, IA, CO and the Seattle area. Not valid in Blimpie locations within Hess convenience stores.
Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie Subs and Salads, The Great Steak & Potato Co., Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill and TacoTime brands and related marks are registered trademarks of Kahala Corp. Make-A-Wish Foundation is a registered trademark of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.