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Chili’s gives to charity

Peter Leahy | Monday, September 20, 2004

While baby back ribs may be enticing, students have a better reason to stop by Chili’s this month – supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To raise money for children in need, the Mishawaka Chili’s is donating 100 percent of today’s proceeds to the hospital, a leading research institution and care provider specializing in treating cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.

Students who attend Chili’s tonight will see their dollars go to a good cause.

Though the Chili’s promotion is new this month, campus organizations such as Up Till Dawn have previously sponsored events to support the Memphis, Tenn. hospital.

Senior Carolyn Campbell, executive chair finale event coordinator of Up Till Dawn, said funds collected at Chili’s will go towards helping families with expenses.

“Families coming to Memphis that have to relocate are provided with housing free of charge,” Campbell said.

Families will also receive care for free and do not pay anything above what their insurance covers, Campbell said. Donations from fundraisers such as the Chili’s event ensure the hospital can provide care regardless of patients’ financial status.

Today’s event is part of the month-long effort dubbed Create a Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer. Customers are encouraged throughout September to donate $1 and color a Chili’s pepper logo to try to reach the final goal of $2 million for the facility.

The company raised $50,000 in a similar effort two years ago but looks to improve upon this mark in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.