The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Raises More than $766,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

During 2013 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Fondue restaurant franchise's fundraising nets more than $8 million for St. Jude since 2003.

TAMPA, Fla. - February 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant franchise, announced today that it raised $766,359 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® during the 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. This brings the company's total raised for St. Jude to more than $8 million since the fondue restaurant franchise established its partnership with the hospital in 2003.

"Since The Melting Pot's partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital began more than 10 years ago, our team members' commitment to the hospital's mission to find cures for pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases has grown stronger every year," said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. "Our team members are passionate about St. Jude's lifesaving work and go above and beyond to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign each year knowing that 100 percent of donations made at The Melting Pot go directly to St. Jude to help save children's lives."

From Oct. 19 – Dec. 15, 2013, The Melting Pot provided every guest who donated $10 to St. Jude with a Fondue for the Kids card that offered $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more. An internal competition encouraged team members to ask every guest for a donation, and The Melting Pot of Ft. Collins, Colo. broke The Melting Pot record for the most funds raised, netting more than $38,000 for St. Jude in 2013.

The funds help St. Jude provide treatment and research cures to save the lives of countless kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. It costs $1.9 million a day to operate the hospital and no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. More than 75 percent of the hospital's funding comes from public donations.

In addition to participating in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, The Melting Pot supports St. Jude year-round through the sale of its chocolate fondue wafers. For each $5 box of chocolate fondue wafers sold, $1 is given to the hospital.

The Melting Pot Golf Classic raises additional funds for St. Jude. Held each fall in Tampa, Fla., the golf tournament raised $100,000 for the hospital in 2013.

For more information about The Melting Pot's partnership with St. Jude, please visit http://www.meltingpot.com/the-experience/community. To learn about fondue history and facts, check out The Melting Pot's fondue infographic.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

With 138 restaurants in North America, existing locations in 35 states, Canada and Mexico and more than 25 locations currently in development, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant franchise. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot continues to be a memorable dining experience. 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. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit http://www.meltingpot.com.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

Contacts:

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

Sandy D'Elosua
813-849-2117
National Director of Marketing and Communications
sdelosua@meltingpot.com

Alisha dos Santos
813-849-2110
Communications Manager
adossantos@meltingpot.com

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