DALLAS (October 18, 2012) – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers announced that it had raised well over $30,000 yesterday for the Kraddick Foundation, from its nationwide fundraising efforts in support of the Kidd’s Kids program. Cane’s donation pushes the total amount raised for the charity well above any amount collected in one day in its 21-year history.
The exact total, which includes donations made by generous Cane’s customers along with 15 percent of the net proceeds from participating restaurants nationwide, will be revealed next week at a special check presentation in Dallas.
This year, Raising Cane’s was designated as the first, and only, national collection point for donations to Kidd’s Kids, the charitable initiative founded by nationally syndicated radio and television personality Kidd Kraddick.
Yesterday, more than 100 participating Raising Cane’s restaurants nationwide collected donations from customers in support of Kidd’s Kids Day. In addition, participating restaurants pledged to donate 15 percent of net proceeds from the day’s sales to the charity.
“We are proud to be the first national partner collecting donations for Kidd’s Kids,” said Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s. “And we’re especially grateful to our customers for joining with us to raise more than $30,000 for this very special cause.”
Kidd’s Kids, a program of the Kraddick Foundation, was established in 1991 with the hope of making a difference in the lives of terminally and chronically ill children. Each year, Kidd's Kids offers five amazing days of suspended reality to children whose lives have been ravaged by disease, with an all-expenses paid dream vacation to Disney World for the kids and their immediate family.
On October 17th, Raising Cane’s customers were given the opportunity to make a donation to Kidd’s Kids in increments of $1, $5 and $10. Those donations were added to 15% of net proceeds from sales made on Kidd’s Kids Day at participating restaurants.
“What Todd and his incredible crew at Raising Cane’s have done is simply amazing,” said Kraddick, host of the most-listened-to contemporary morning show in America. “I’m blown away by their generosity and commitment. And the really cool thing is, they’re planning even more for Kidd’s Kids that we haven’t even announced yet.”
Kidd’s Kids Day was the second major initiative Raising Cane’s has undertaken for the charity. On June 6th, the rapidly expanding chicken fingers chain hosted Kidd’s Kids Dine-in Day, during which every child involved with the charity nationwide was invited to eat free at their nearest Cane’s all day, along with the rest of his or her immediate family.
The same day, Graves presented the company’s first check to the Kraddick Foundation in the amount of $10,000.
In addition, during its national operators conference in July, Cane’s crewmembers stuffed more than 1,000 “glam bags” that were then distributed to chronically ill girls in 21 hospitals across Texas and Louisiana as part of the Kraddick Foundation’s Glamour Squad initiative.
The Kraddick Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by nationally syndicated morning show personality Kidd Kraddick. The Foundation and its programs were created to make a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs. The Kraddick Foundation is certified by the state of Texas and registered with the appropriate state departments of each syndicated affiliate market. The Foundation's two main programs are Kidd's Kids and the Glamour Squad. To learn more, visit www.KiddsKids.com.
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RRaising Cane’s CHICKEN FINGERS has 135 restaurants in 17 states with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture, and active community involvement.
Earlier this year, Cane’s outstanding customer service was recognized by Sandelman & Associates’ Quick-Track study as one of the nation’s best among quick-service restaurants, for the fifth consecutive year. The company placed second for best overall service among 150 chains, and earned top honors for temperature of food, accuracy in filling orders and restaurant cleanliness.
More information on Raising Cane’s is available at www.raisingcanes.com.