Redding, California (PRWEB) January 29, 2015 - Black Bear Diner is proud to announce that with the help of its loyal guests, it raised $211,381 for Make-A-Wish® during the eighth annual "Save Room For A Wish®" dessert fundraising campaign held from December 1 – 31, 2014. The money raised supports Make-A-Wish in granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The fundraising total eclipses Black Bear Diner's previous campaign record of $202,200 set in 2013.
"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of our Black Bear Diner guests that participated," said Bob Manley, co-founder of Black Bear Diner. "They played a huge role in ultimately bringing hope and positivity to children during incredibly difficult times, and we applaud and thank them for their compassion."
The idea to raise funds for Make-A-Wish was sparked by a Black Bear Diner franchisee in 2006, soon morphing into a company-wide, month-long initiative that engages the eligible Black Bear Diner restaurants to raise money for Make-A-Wish during the month of December. To participate in the "Save Room For A Wish®" dessert fundraiser, guests simply had to save a little room for a special dessert. For each dessert item ordered, Black Bear Diner donated $1 to Make-A-Wish. Guests could also purchase a $1 or $5 wish star.
"Our entire Black Bear Diner family – from the corporate team to our guests – gets behind this initiative," said Bruce Dean, co-founder of Black Bear Diner. "We're thrilled to have an alliance with Make-A-Wish and to help support them in their very special mission."
Since 2006, Black Bear Diner has raised a total of more than $960,000 for Make-A-Wish. The chain plans to eclipse the $1 million mark in 2015.
Founded in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995 by Bruce Dean and partners Bob and Laurie Manley, Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience. The family dining concept offers a vast menu anchored on hearty portions and excellent value. The franchise has grown to 67 locations in eight western states. Black Bear Diner was recognized as a Top 10 Dining Chain in 2014 by Full Service Restaurant Magazine. For a full menu and additional information, please visit blackbeardiner.com or connect with Black Bear Diner on Facebook or Twitter.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at http://www.wish.org to learn more.
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