SALT LAKE CITY, Apr 12, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Local Salt Lake City Jamba Juice franchisee operators are proud to announce they raised more than $28,000 for breast cancer awareness and support, thanks primarily to customers who supported an in-store donation program called the "Pink Whirl(TM)" in October 2011. The funds were accepted by Janelle Hail, founder of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during a ceremony presided over by the four local Jamba(R) franchise operators responsible for the campaign. This is the first year that area Jamba Juice stores participated in driving an in-store fundraising program for breast cancer and, given the huge outpouring of support from the local community, the store operators plan to continue their participation in NBCF's annual Utah-based fundraising program.
During the "Pink Whirl" campaign last fall, patrons of the participating 18 Salt Lake City area Jamba Juice stores were asked to donate a dollar to NBCF when placing their order. As a thank-you for their donation, guests received a personalized "Pink Whirl" to put on display in the front lobby of their local store and coupons valued at $10 for use on future visits. The funds raised for NBCF were donated on behalf of Jamba Juice to the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Center.
"We committed to building healthier communities in the Salt Lake City area and are exceptionally proud to see that commitment benefit others through this year's Pink Whirl breast cancer donation program," said Tara Lindstrom, Director of Marketing, Blended Star, LLC, the Jamba Juice franchisee who led the efforts in Salt Lake City. "It was our goal to work together as a market to raise more than $25,000 for the cause and our customers came through. We are humbled by the gesture of support shown by our local communities and thrilled to present these funds to aid in promoting awareness and the early detection of breast cancer."
NBCF is a not-for-profit organization committed to saving lives through increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms to women in need. Since 2008, the NBCF has funded 442 breast cancer services for underserved women through the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Center Institute.
"National Breast Cancer Foundation is grateful and thankful for the support of Utah's Jamba Juice franchisees and the generosity of their customers. We are amazed at the size of the gift," said Janelle Hail, Founder, NBCF. "The funds received helped provide top notch care for underserved women in the Salt Lake region, providing them with essential services in the early detection of breast cancer. There will be women alive this time next year because of this campaign."
In addition to supporting the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute, NBCF also sponsors awareness programs in Utah through its Early Detection Plan (EDP), an interactive tool to help remind women to detect breast cancer early, and its online social community for breast cancer survivors (www.mynbcf.org). These programs have helped save the lives of countless women in Utah and around the country.
According to NBCF, more than 200,000 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year - and one fifth of those will die from the disease. One woman in eight has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, more than 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; the disease will claim nearly half diagnosed. If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95 percent. Mammograms are among the best early-detection methods, yet 13 million American women over the age of 40 have never had a mammogram. NBCF was recently chosen as the number one breast cancer charity by Charity Navigator and has received Charity Navigator's four star rating for eight consecutive years. For more information about the disease, early detection, and ways you can help, visit NBCF's Web site at www.nbcf.org.
Blended Star, LLC was founded in 2010 and owns and operates 11 Jamba Juice franchise stores in the Greater Salt Lake Area in Utah. Their mission is to offer best-in-class products and service while using their business to positively impact the lives of their employees and guests, and the communities in which they serve.
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's (NBCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. A recipient of Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating for eight years, NBCF provides women help for today and hope for tomorrow through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock(R), Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.
Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (NASDAQ: JMBA) is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot coffee and teas, slow cooked hot oatmeal made with organic steel cut oats, Fit'n Fruitful(TM) smoothies with Weight Burner Boost(TM), Fruit and Veggie smoothies, Whirl'ns(TM) Frozen Yogurt, breakfast wraps, sandwiches and wraps, California Flatbreads(TM) and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the nation and in Jamba outlets. Jamba Juice Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jamba, Inc., a holding company which owns and franchises Jamba Juice stores on a global basis. As of January 3, 2012, there were 769 store locations globally, consisting of 307 Company-owned and operated stores and 443 franchise-operated stores in the United States and 19 international stores. Fans of Jamba Juice can find out more about Jamba Juice's locations as well as specific offerings and promotions by visiting the Jamba Juice website at www.JambaJuice.com, becoming a Jamba Insider at www.JambaJuice.com/insider, liking our page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JambaJuice, following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/JambaJuice or by contacting Jamba's Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).
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