Wendy’s Fundraiser Yeilds More Than $19,000 for Siteman

Oct. 5, 2011 – Thirty-one Wendy’s restaurants in the central Illinois areas of Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Peoria and Quincy recently presented a check for $19,668.45 to the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

The donation was the result of a program which allowed customers to donate $1 for a special key tag. By showing the key tag on subsequent visits to Wendy’s, customers could receive a free Jr. Frosty with every purchase. The net proceeds of the key tag sales were donated to the Siteman Cancer Center and will be used to fund innovative research aimed at advancing therapies for patients with pancreatic cancer.

“Dave Thomas believed that giving back and supporting our local community is everyone’s responsibility,” said Wendy's market area presidents Earle Steiner, Joe Francois and Jim Robinson in a prepared statement. “Wendy’s is involved in thousands of local events each year that lend a hand to those in need. This key tag fundraiser was one way of giving back to the communities where we live and work.”

“The Siteman Cancer Center is extremely grateful to Wendy’s for their generosity,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD, Siteman director. “Through their support, community partners like Wendy’s help us give lasting hope to thousands of people and their families who are battling this devastating disease.”