The Melting Pot and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) Partner For the 7th Annual Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign

TAMPA, Fla. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Melting Pot Restaurants (http://www.meltingpot.com) join St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (http://www.stjude.org) in the seventh annual Thanks and Giving campaign (http://www.meltingpot.com/fondueforthekids) from Nov. 1 – Dec. 4, to "give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not" by donating to cancer research.

"The Melting Pot of Atlantic City was the No. 1 fundraiser during the Thanks and Giving campaign for St. Jude out of all The Melting Pot Restaurants in 2009, and I'm proud to be leading The Melting Pot's efforts for the 2010 program to break all previous records as we strive to help our partner find cures for cancer," said Charlie Haney, co-chair of The Melting Pot's Thanks and Giving campaign and owner of The Melting Pot of Atlantic City. "Giving back to the community during programs like this are rewarding for our employees and guests, especially during the holiday season."

With every donation of $10 or more, guests will receive a Fondue for the Kids card that offers $20 off any future purchase of $50 or more. All proceeds from the Fondue for the Kids card will be donated to St. Jude (http://www.meltingpot.com/fondueforthekids). The Melting Pot Restaurants also offer additional support for St. Jude with the ongoing Fondue a Cure for Childhood Cancer signature chocolate fondue bars. For each $5 bar purchased, $1 is given to the hospital.

Since becoming a partner in 2003, The Melting Pot Restaurants have raised more than $5 million for St. Jude.

In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, as well as named the nation's No. 1 children's cancer hospital for 2010-2011 by U.S. News & World Report. It is the nation's leading pediatric research and treatment center devoted solely to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and the only Hospital that covers all of the costs for treatment, travel, food, and lodging for a patient and a family member. At St. Jude, no child is ever turned away because of a family's inability to pay.

Since opening its doors in 1962, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to 80 percent overall. In fact, the survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.

For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.meltingpot.com/fondueforthekids, or call 1-800-4STJUDE. The Melting Pot chocolate fondue bars and Fondue for the Kids cards can also be purchased online at http://www.meltingpot.com.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.:

With 143 restaurants in North America, existing locations in 36 states and Canada and over 20 locations currently in development, The Melting Pot Restaurants 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 fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with 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. For more information, visit http://www.meltingpot.com or email info@meltingpot.com.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. In 2010, St. Jude was ranked the most trusted charity in the nation in a public survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a highly respected international polling and research firm. St. Jude was also named the nation's top children's cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

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