Baton Rouge Wendy's raise $31,623 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Local Baton Rouge Wendy's franchise, Diamond Foods, joined St. Jude and Wendy's partnership for

the first time this year. Together they have raised $31,623 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Clinic located

here in Baton Rouge. From November 2012 until March 2013, Wendy's customers could purchase a Frosty key chain tag

for $1, and this is good for a Free Jr. Frosty with any purchase on every visit for the entire year. With Diamond Foods

covering all the expenses, 100% of every $1 donation is going locally to St. Jude. As Wendy's Operator Brent Ramsey

states, "We are especially pleased with the amount of money that we raised in our first year participating in this promotion

and look forward to many more years to come. We are also excited that the money raised will be kept here for St. Jude to

serve the Baton Rouge community."

Wendy's will be presenting the $31,623 check to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this Friday, April 5th, 2013 from

4-5pm at the Wendy's located at 9955 Bluebonnet Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Representatives from St. Jude and Wendy's

will be in attendance for the check presentation.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude treats an average of 7,800 patients each year, and about 700 of are from Louisiana which is the state

with the third highest number of patients treated by St. Jude. There are 6 St. Jude affiliate clinics around the

nation, with 2 of these in Louisiana – 1 in Baton Rouge and 1 in Shreveport.

Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods is a partnership which owns and operates 25 Wendy's locations in the Baton Rouge and

Lafayette areas. Diamond Foods is the largest Wendy's franchise in Louisiana. One way Wendy's franchisees

honor the Legacy of Wendy's Founder Dave Thomas is to practice Dave's five principles. One is giving back

to the communities who support Wendy's, and another is to do the right thing. Dave Thomas was personal

friends with St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, no relation. Dave was a major donor to St. Jude over the years,

and many Wendy's franchisees continue to support St. Jude because of Dave Thomas' personal commitment.

National St. Jude and Wendy's Partnership

Select Wendy's locations, across the nation, sold Frosty Key Tags to support St. Jude from November 2012

through March 2013. As of March 25, 2013 all participating Wendy's locations have sold 1,257,501 key tags

during the campaign period. Wendy's has partnered with St. Jude since 1999 in various capacities. To date, the

Wendy's partnership has generated untold support for the kids of St. Jude – from direct donations, to sponsorships, to in-

kind donations. Wendy's has been a vital St. Jude partner.