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St. Jude Celebrates Next Frontier of Finding Cures With Grand Opening of Chili's Care Center
Date:11/14/2007

s to St. Jude from Donate Profits Day -- held each year on the last Monday in September. Over the life of the partnership, Chili's has donated more than $18.7 million for the hospital, with an astounding $8.2 million coming from the 2007 campaign alone. These funds contribute to Chili's 10-year plan to donate $50 million for the construction of the Chili's Care Center.

"Through their dedication, nearly 75,000 Chili's Grill & Bar team members made the 2007 Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign a resounding success," said Todd Diener, president, Chili's Grill & Bar. "This year's campaign once again exceeded our highest expectations, totaling more than $8.2 million for the patients of St. Jude, bringing us closer to our goal of raising $50 million and making the Chili's Care Center building we are dedicating today a reality."

"As we stand at the foot of the Chili's Care Center in celebration today, I want to thank Chili's Grill & Bar and our other partners who helped make this dream possible. We are truly overwhelmed by your dedication to help St. Jude provide unsurpassed patient care and unparalleled scientific research, and you can know that you have helped bring hope to thousands of children from around the world," said John P. Moses, chief executive officer of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

The Chili's Care Center combines 21st Century imaging and treatment technology with St. Jude's almost half-century approach to medical research: put patients and scientists in the same building to fast-track the translation of new knowledge into better care for our children. The seven-story, 340,000-square-foot facility will house major research initiatives in both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. The Chili's Care Center possesses state-of-the-art equipment such as a cyclotron that will provide an array of new research initiatives in nuclear chemistry and nuclear medicine by using novel radiolabeled pharmaceuticals to trac
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