The Melting Pot Continues Support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®

During 2014 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Holiday campaign raises funds for lifesaving research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

TAMPA, Fla. - October 13, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Melting Pot, the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, is continuing to support charity partner St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® by helping to raise funds for lifesaving research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases during the 2014 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. From Oct. 11 – Dec. 14, The Melting Pot will provide every guest who donates $10 to St. Jude with a Donate and Dine card valid for $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more.

Since establishing its partnership with the hospital in 2003, The Melting Pot has raised more than $8.6 million for St. Jude. The St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $487 million over the past 10 years to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. These funds are critical given that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

"Our team members 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," said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. "Additionally, our top-fundraising team members from across the U.S. have the opportunity to tour St. Jude to see the hospital's important work firsthand and serve chocolate fondue to patients and their families at a special St. Jude fondue party."

From Oct. 11 – Dec. 14, The Melting Pot will provide every guest who donates $10 to St. Jude during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign with a Donate and Dine card valid for $20 off a future purchase of $50 or more. One hundred percent of donations will be given directly to St. Jude.

"We are so blessed to have support from The Melting Pot team and their guests," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "Their dedication to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign will help raise awareness and funds that support the research that leads to life saving treatments for children across the country and around the world. Their support will also help us stay true to my father's promise that no family pays St. Jude for anything. I am so grateful for The Melting Pot's loyal friendship to the children of St. Jude."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago, and St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. The hospital freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Created by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign asks people to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not" in order to help St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children.

For more information about the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign at The Melting Pot, please visit http://www.meltingpot.com/donateanddine.aspx. To learn about fondue history and facts, check out The Melting Pot's fondue infographic.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

With more than 130 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 and a leading polished casual dining franchise. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a memorable dining experience for nearly 40 years. 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 life-threatening diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for some of 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 or 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.

SOURCE The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. 

Contact: 

Alisha dos Santos
The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.
813-849-2110
Communications Manager
adossantos@meltingpot.com

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