Carl's Jr. Restaurant Patrons Donate More Than $300,000 to Breast Cancer
Sep 21, 2006
Month-Long Restaurant Donation Program Raises Breast Cancer Awareness - and Funds
CARPINTERIA, Calif., Sept 21, 2006 -- Yesterday, Carl's Jr.® (NYSE: CKR) announced that customers supporting an in-store restaurant fundraising program in May 2006 donated more than $300,00 for breast cancer awareness and support. A portion of the funds were presented during an annual franchise conference event last night in Chicago and accepted by Janelle Hail, founder of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). This is the second year that Carl's Jr. franchise restaurants have conducted the in-store donation program, and the first that company-operated restaurants joined in to support the cause.
During the month-long "Pink Star" charity promotion in May of this year, Carl's Jr. restaurant guests at nearly 1,000 locations across the western U.S. were encouraged to donate $1 to breast cancer when placing their order at the register. As a thank-you for the donation, these guests received a personalized pink Happy Star™ to put on display in the lobby and a coupon redeemable for a free beverage on a future visit. Funds raised during a golf tournament event in the same month bolstered the cause.
"We at Carl's Jr. are proud of our commitment to community involvement, and are pleased to see that commitment benefit others through this year's Pink Star breast cancer donation program," said president and chief executive officer Andrew F. Puzder. "Together with our franchise community, it was the goal to raise more than $300,000 for the cause, and our customers came through. We are humbled by the gesture of support and thrilled to present these funds to aid in promoting awareness and the early detection of breast cancer."
The NBCF is a not-for-profit organization committed to saving lives through increasing awareness of breast cancer through education, and by providing mammograms to women in need. "The National Breast Cancer Foundation is grateful and thankful for the support of CKE Restaurants, Inc. and the generosity of its Carl's Jr. customers. We are amazed at the size of the gift. There will be women alive this time next year because of these efforts," said Janelle Hail, NBCF founder.
According to the NBCF, more than 200,000 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year -- and one fifth of those will die from the disease. One woman in eight has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, more than 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; the disease will claim nearly half diagnosed. If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95 percent. Mammograms are among the best early-detection methods, yet 13 million American women over the age of 40 have never had a mammogram. For more information about the disease, early detection, and ways you can help, visit the NBCF Web site at www.nationalbreastcancer.org.
About Carl's Jr.
This year, Carl's Jr. celebrates 65 years in the quick-service industry. What began as a lone hot dog cart in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1941 is today an international organization that employs nearly 30,000 people worldwide. Carl's Jr. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the second fiscal quarter ended Aug. 14, 2006, CKE Restaurants, Inc., through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,131 franchised or company-owned restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,072 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 1,945 Hardee's® restaurants and 98 La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill® restaurants. For more information, or to find a Carl's Jr. near you, go to www.ckr.com or www.carlsjr.com.
About the National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to save lives by providing access to free and low-cost mammograms for those with limited resources, increased awareness through continuing education programs, and hope-inspired support programs. For details about NBCF, please visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.