Monday, September 28, 2009

Lunch, anyone?

Sept. 28 is a good day to head to Chili’s and have a margarita, some fajitas and maybe even some molten chocolate cake.

That’s because Chili’s restaurants across the U.S. will donate 100% of their Monday profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The date is also the culmination of Chili’s Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign, which runs through the month of September.

Chili’s has raised more than $25 million so far in its 10-year, $50 million pledge to the research hospital. The donation will be the largest from a single partner campaign in St. Jude’s history. The 2008 campaign raised more than $6 million for St. Jude.

Throughout September, Chili’s patrons design chili pepper coloring sheets for display at restaurants; buy T-shirts and customized keys; and make online donations. The program started in Memphis in 2002 with seven Memphis-area Chili’s, but the chain took the promotion nationwide in 2004.

Chili's and St. Jude opened the Chili's Care Center, a seven-floor, 340,000-square-foot facility, in 2007. It is the first medical building on the St. Jude campus to bear the name of a corporate partner. Chili's is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International (NYSE: EAT).

Based in Memphis, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a leading pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases. It employs about 3,300 in Memphis.

13 comments:

Lauren said...

We're heading over for dinner tonight. Chili's is almost an hour from our house, so it's a big commitment, but we go every September! Plus it's the place of choice still for the kids' birthday dinners. And Fergus is only allowed to order molten chocolate cake once a year on his birthday, so none tonight. Thanks for the reminder! :)

Dianna in Louisiana said...

We will definitely be eating there and will ordering the molten chocolate cake!

gorillabuns said...

I'll try to do so today! at the very least for dinner.

Anonymous said...

I ate there this weekend
and last week - donated both time

Lisa

Dianna said...

Had to share, Kristie....... I Forwarded a copy of your blog entry in an email to my husband, who forwarded it to everyone in his firm. Now, the whole firm has been invited to meet there after work and eat--- FOR FREE, compliments of the firm.......

HOW COOL IS THAT?

Sandie said...

Thanks so much for reminding me.. somehow, since I found your blog however many years back, we have managed to eat at Chili's each year. Let me add that we do not eat at Chili's any other day in the year even though it is less than 5 minutes from my house. I have no reason for this other than the fact that I prefer to get a fat ass from PF Changs.

A Mom said...

Went there for lunch today!!

Renee said...

Wendi and I had lunch there yesterday!

Denise said...

Thanks for the reminder! We went, had a great time and gave to a great cause!

jadine said...

We did it. Thanks for the reminder!

Dianna in Louisiana said...

A great time was had last night Kristie, even though we had to wait a REALLY long time because we had a large group. First time ever a wait at a restaurant didn't bother me!!!! Thanks again for your post!!!!

Anonymous said...

We had dinner at Chili's last night courtesy of your post that served as a reminder....thanks!!!

Mary Z

lifebythecreek said...

Thanks for the reminder! We stopped and got Chilis to Go, and we also colored chili peppers in memory of Tyler. I LOVE Dianna's story about her husband's firm; THAT is truly cool! :<)
Pam D