Wednesday, November 28, 2007

T.G.I. Friday's Announces Partnership With Make-A-Wish Foundation

CARROLLTON, Texas — T.G.I. Friday's (Friday’s) restaurants announced it has formed a national partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Friday's has pledged $250,000 by December 2008.

"T.G.I. Friday's is proud to name the Make-A-Wish Foundation our 'charity of choice'," said Mike Archer, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's USA, who presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation a $26,000 check at the recent opening of Friday's 600th U.S. restaurant at NorthPark Center in Dallas, where Friday's celebrated the 25th anniversary of the foundation's North Texas chapter.

Under the partnership, funds raised by T.G.I. Friday's USA and the Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Support Center will benefit the world's largest wish-granting organization. The first joint initiative of the partnership is fundraising in conjunction with the T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship, an annual event involving 8000 of Friday's famed mixologists from 58 countries who compete for the title of "Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World."

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of TGI Friday’s Inc. and Pick Up Stix, is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality, travel and marketing industries. As of November 2007, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 58 countries.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation America has granted more than 156,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. TGI Friday's partnership with Make-A-Wish will make it possible for more life-changing wishes to be granted not only in Texas, but also throughout the United States.

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