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JDRF and Schlotzsky’s Partner for Second Year of National Fundraising Efforts
Sandwich Franchise Sets Goal of $200,000 to Fund Type 1 Diabetes Research
AUSTIN, Texas, September 1, 2013 – In 2012, Schlotzsky's, home of The Original® round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, partnered with JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and successfully exceeded its $100,000 fundraising goal by raising $150,000 for the organization. Schlotzsky’s has now announced that for the second year of the partnership, it hopes to raise $200,000 to support JDRF’s efforts to progressively remove the burdens of T1D and ultimately create a world without the disease.
“This is a cause that’s close to our hearts, and it’s an honor to partner with a high-impact foundation such as JDRF for a second year,” said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky’s, who is also serving as chairman of the Austin JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 27. “We hope this is something we can do for many years to come, in an effort to eventually cure this disease.”
This year Schlotzsky’s is again employing a “Give a Dollar, Get a Dollar” system-wide campaign. For every dollar guests donate to the cause, they will receive a coupon for a dollar off their next Schlotzsky’s purchase. Additionally, throughout the year, Schlotzsky’s will have numerous opportunities to raise funds for JDRF on both national and local levels through sponsored Walks and participation in other JDRF events.
“We are so grateful to Schlotzsky’s for such a great partnership in the fight against type 1 diabetes,” said Margo K. Lucero, vice president of corporate development for JDRF. “Through the continued generosity and commitment of Schlotzsky’s employees and customers, the dollars raised will help fund research that will lessen the impact of this disease until we find a cure.”
As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
Type 1 diabetes affects millions of people around the world. The disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
For more information or to find the nearest Schlotzsky’s location, visit www.schlotzskys.com.
Since 1971, Schlotzsky's has been the home of The Original® toasted sandwich. The menu has evolved with customers' tastes to include the highest quality sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and soups available today. With more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky's is the fast-casual choice for a quick, healthful, and fresh dining experience. Schlotzsky’s is enjoyed around the world, with restaurants in Azerbaijan, South Africa, and Turkey. Schlotzsky’s is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc.®, the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Auntie Anne’s® locations and Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in international markets. For more information, visit www.schlotzskys.com.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.
As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.
For more information, please visit jdrf.org.