The Melting Pot Restaurants Celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day (www.nationalcheesefondueday.com) with "Cheese for Charity"

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Melting Pot fondue restaurants are donating $10 from every cheese fondue purchase at participating locations on April 11 to local charities across North America in honor of National Cheese Fondue Day (http://www.nationalcheesefondueday.com).

"This is an opportunity for our restaurants to give back, raise awareness for these causes and create long-lasting partnerships with over 100 organizations that need help," said Rod James, national director of branding for The Melting Pot Restaurants. "By celebrating National Cheese Fondue Day in this way, our guests will be able to feel like an integral part in making a difference for our communities during a time when charities have been hit hard due to economic downturn."

The list of participating charitable organizations includes the following:

A Wee Promise Christian All Children's Hospital

Assistance League of San Antonio

Autism Speaks

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Blossoms of Hope

Big Brothers Big Sisters

BJC Children's Hospital

Boca Helping Hands

Boys & Girls Club Mid Peninsula

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Camp Boggy Creek

Camp Korey

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation

Carrick Community Food Bank

Celiac Support Group of Boise

Child Abuse Prevention Center

Child Life Program at the Children's Hospital of Alabama

The Children's Healing Institute

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

Domestic Abuse Shelter Homes - Sarasota

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center

Food & Friends

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science

Gilda's Club Madison Wisconsin

Gilda's Club South Jersey

Girl Scouts of the USA Gulf Coast Kid's House Hubbard House, Inc.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Humane Society of Pinellas

Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee

Huntsville Hospital Women and Children Foundation

Jameson Camp

Just For Kids Michigan

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Kids Escaping Drugs

Kosair Children's Hospital

Levine Children's Hospital

Make it Right Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Malone Charity Cleveland Scholarship Program

March of Dimes Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis Center of the Lehigh Valley

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Nana's House

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

North Shore Animal League

Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida

Penn State Hershey Four Diamonds Fund

Pure Imagination

Realities For Children

Red Sox Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Savannah Care Center

Smile Network

St. Joseph Food Program, Inc.

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

TESSA

The Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life

The Arizona Cardinals Charities

The Children's Healing Institute

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean

The G.I. Go Fund

The Gift of Swimming

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay

The Love And Light Healing Center

The MJB Foundation

The Moyer Foundation - Camp Erin

The New Vista Community

The Wellness Community Blue Ash

Toledo Children's Hospital

United Way - Greater Los Angeles

Unity House of Troy

YMCA of Greater Houston

Young-Williams Animal Center

Youth Villages

The franchise's first international location in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is also participating, making this an international initiative.

Three locations in Texas (Addison, Southlake and Arlington) are not participating in the charitable donation event as they will be offering free cheese fondue between noon and 4 p.m. For more details about this program, visit the locations' Web sites.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

With 146 restaurants in North America, existing locations in 37 states and Canada and over 13 locations currently in development, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant franchise. At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where patrons can dip into something different. Guests enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with special dipping sauces. The menu also includes cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot's corporate headquarters are in Tampa, Fla.

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