The Melting Pot Announces 14th Year of Partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Leading fondue restaurant invites guests to help save children's lives with 'Donate and Dine' cards.

TAMPA, Fla. - Oct. 10, 2017 // PRNewswire // - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today it will participate for the 14th year in the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. Last year alone, The Melting Pot raised over $689,000 during the 10-week campaign, and since establishing the partnership in 2003 has raised more than $10 million for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

The Melting Pot is also asking guests to join its effort in raising funds for St. Jude. For every donation of $10 made from Oct. 16 - Dec. 24, guests will receive a Donate and Dine card worth $20, which can be used on a future purchase of $50 or more. The Donate and Dine cards can be redeemed between Jan. 2 - Aug. 31, 2018. Those who are unable to make it into a restaurant but want to donate will be able to do so at www.meltingpot.com, and will be mailed a Donate and Dine card. 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.

"This is a milestone year for The Melting Pot, as we surpassed $10 million in donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Our dedicated franchisees, operators, team members and devoted customers have supported this great cause over the last 13 years, and we couldn't be prouder of their unwavering commitment to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude," said Bob Johnston, CEO of Front Burner, restaurant management company for The Melting Pot Restaurants. "Our longstanding relationship with St. Jude has afforded us the opportunity to help save children's lives through donations from campaigns such as St. Jude Thanks and Giving, and we're honored to partner with the hospital in its mission to treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

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.

Created by siblings 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 the hospital carry out its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

For more information on The Melting Pot, visit www.meltingpot.com. To learn more about St. Jude and the Thanks and Giving campaign, visit www.stjude.org or call 1-800-4STJUDE.

The Melting Pot operates more than 120 restaurants across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of à la carte selections, highlighting customizable options that invite guests to enjoy one, two, three or more courses as they select any combination of individually-priced cheese fondues, salads, entrées and chocolate fondues.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for more than 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 120 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A leading polished casual dining franchise, The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 2 casual dining restaurant in the Nation's Restaurant News 2016 Consumer Picks report. Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées, The Melting Pot's menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. Fondue fans can join The Melting Pot's Club Fondue for exclusive promotions, special events and advance holiday reservation privileges. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.meltingpot.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit www.meltingpotfranchise.com.

About Front Burner

Front Burner is a franchise management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is affiliated with the corporate owners of and its management services extended to The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975 with more than 120 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.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. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, 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.

Contact:

Laura Mulhern
The Melting Pot
813-425-6233
lmulhern@meltingpot.com

SOURCE The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

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