Dallas-based Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar raised nearly $56,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric and research facility for children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases, and 14 local charities in need of support.
Throughout the annual Boston’s Cares fundraiser, Boston’s restaurants across the United States sold thousands of specialty menu items, including 11,267 heart-shaped pizzas; 5,263 red velvet cheesecakes; 1,078 gluten-free brownie à la mode desserts; and raised more than $37,000 in paper Valentines sales.
In addition to Boston’s donating all proceeds from the paper hearts and $1 from each food item sold, $1,647 was raised through local events hosted by various Boston’s locations across the country.
“We thank all of our supporters for making this year’s Boston’s Cares campaign a success,” says Mike Best, Boston’s chief operating officer. “We admire all the work our partnering charities continue to do, and we look forward to working with them again next year.”
In addition to St. Jude, local charities benefiting from the Boston’s Cares 2012 fundraiser included: American Heart Association; Alliance for a Violence-Free Anoka County; Children’s Miracle Network; CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital; Diabetes, Inc.; Education Foundation of Collier County; Faribault Food Shelf; GuardianAngelsforSoldiersPet.org; Humane Society; Joel's Place; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Kidd's Kids; Mid Ohio Food Bank; and Mike's Guardian Eagle Foundation.
"Boston’s has been truly instrumental in supporting our needs," says Chris Boysen, vice president of field operations at ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude. “Programs like Boston’s Cares help us to provide our children with a fighting chance no matter the cost of treatment, and we are thankful for every donation.”
Beginning its fundraising efforts in 1998 by giving back to local charities, Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has since reached new heights raising a grand total of more than $215,000 in donations to date.