Turnin’ up the Heat on Cancer

Walk in to any Chili’s and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the delicious aroma of sizzling entrees and decadent desserts. Like many casual-eating restaurants, Chili’s offers great food at an affordable price. But Chili’s goes above and beyond other facilities, raising a whopping $30 million nationwide for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital over the past seven years.

But Chili’s isn’t stopping there—the restaurant chain wants to raise $50 million over a ten-year period. With many fun ways for patrons to contribute, the annual campaign starts up again this month. Last year, the restaurant managed to raise over $5.6 million, and this year’s goal is a lofty $5.8 million.

The easiest way for patrons to show their support is through the Create-A-Pepper campaign. A simple donation of as little as $1 will allow guests to create their own one-of-a-kind chili pepper that can be displayed in the restaurant, and a $12 donation will allow their peppers to be donned on a T-shirt.

“It’s a really simple and fun way for guests to support St. Jude and help fight childhood cancer,” says area director John Ernst.

Another big fundraising event sponsored by Chili’s is right around the corner. The 2nd annual golf tournament held at Candler Hills Golf and Country Club will take place on September 26. Along with 18 holes, the $65 entrance fee also includes a delicious lunch and reception following the tournament. There will also be raffle tickets for prizes donated from area merchants, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. For area businesses, hole sponsorship is $100, and Candler Hills has generously offered a free foursome of golf for all participating sponsors, a $200 value.

“At the end of the day, we are all just trying to give back,” says John, who stresses that it doesn’t matter if you donate $1 through the Create-A-Pepper campaign or bring your whole family to the golf tournament. Every little bit helps in the fight against childhood cancer.

How Can You Help?

Create-A-Pepper in stores or online for a donation. Visit createapepper.com to get started!

Participate in the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Candler Hills. Contact (352) 304-6973 or (561) 379-7144 for more details or to sponsor a hole.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Several convenient locations throughout our area


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