WICHITA, Kan., Feb. 11 F&H Acquisition Corp., through its Fox and Hound®, Bailey's and Champps® brands, raised more than $890,000 for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® in 2009, with most of those donations coming in October during the 18th annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion. Through the national pinup fundraiser, participating restaurants and retail outlets helped collect money for St. Jude, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
During the month-long Halloween Promotion, thousands of restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide encouraged consumers to make a $1 donation to St. Jude to support its groundbreaking research and lifesaving care. In return for their contribution, donors wrote their names on pinups, which the establishments displayed throughout the month of October.
"We could not be happier with our partnership with St. Jude," said Steve Johnson, CEO for F&H Acquisition Corp. "The commitment by our managers, employees and guests reached an all time high this year by raising over $890,000. Each time we visit the hospital, we are touched by the great work that is done at St. Jude and are honored to be a part of this wonderful cause."
"We are so thankful to have allies like Fox and Hound, Bailey's and Champps in our battle against pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "Their dedication to the St. Jude mission helps the hospital continue its unique mission to conduct the groundbreaking research that will benefit children in communities everywhere."
Representatives from Fox and Hound, Bailey's and Champps and other Halloween Promotion partners attended a recognition ceremony at St. Jude in December. F&H Acquisition Corp. was among those partners honored with a plaque in the hospital's Patient Care Center for raising more than $1 million for St. Jude.
In addition to the October pinup drive, the three concepts donated a portion of their 2009 appetizer platter sales to St. Jude and also held an online auction in November. "National and local partners donated all prizes to the auction and 100% of all the proceeds went directly to the hospital," said Erin Shipley, Marketing & Beverage Director for the three brands.
About St. Jude
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information go to www.stjude.org.
About F&H Acquisition Corp.
F&H Acquistion Corp. currently owns and operates restaurants under the Fox and Hound® and Bailey's Sports Grille®, and Champps® brand names. Each Fox & Hound or Bailey's provides a social gathering place centered around Sports, Spirits, and Fun and is your place for the Best Party in Town. Champps features fresh, never frozen burgers that are piled high with toppings; a large menu of made-from-scratch entrees, pasta, and sandwiches; a full-service bar in every location; and large flat-screen TVs so you have the best seat for every game. For additional information visit www.foxandhound.com and www.champps.com.
Media Contacts: F&H Acquisition Corp. Erin Shipley Phone: (402) 880-4783 Email: [email protected]
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Jessica Hinch Phone: (901) 578-2266 Email: [email protected]
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