(HawaiiNewsNow) - Each September during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Chili's® Grill & Bar kicks off a nationwide fundraiser for longtime charitable partner St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Hawaii residents will have several opportunities to support this worthy cause, as Chili's Hawaii joins forces with Chili's restaurants across the country in an effort to raise $50 million in 10 years to support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children.
"We are excited about our commitment to St. Jude and our team members look forward to Create-A-Pepper every year," said Kelly Scarbrough, president of Pacific Meritage, a franchise partner of Chili's Grill & Bar. "At Chili's, we're proud to be part of the communities we serve and today more than ever, it's more important than ever to assist children and families with the inability to pay so they can get the medical attention they need."
Guests at Chili's restaurants in Kahala, Pearlridge, Mililani, Waikele and Kapolei can contribute to St. Jude in multiple ways:
• Make a donation to St. Jude and receive a Create-A-Pepper chili pepper coloring sheet. Decorated sheets will be displayed in restaurants nationwide throughout September.
• Purchase Create-A-Pepper T-shirts that can be customized with permanent marker.
• Buy a customized Create-A-Pepper key that can be cut for use at home or the office.
• Eat at Chili's in Hawaii on Monday, Sept. 24, when Chili's will donate 100 percent of profits from restaurant sales at Chili's in Kahala, Pearlridge, Mililani, Waikele and Kapolei to St. Jude.
• Click HERE to learn about making an online or text donation.
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by clicking HERE!