By BENJAMIN BAXLEY
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Melting Pot in Kennesaw has reached a goal of $10,000 in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“As a restaurant, we raised over $10,000 in donations, which is the most we have ever raised, and we’re still continuing to raise more,” said Bert Krajewski, owner of the restaurant, which is one of four Melting Pot locations in the Atlanta area.
The donations were raised in the form of a promotional gift card incentive for the guests attending the restaurant. The promotion is called Fondue for The Kids and lasts from Jan. 2 through March 17 every year since 2003. For every $10 donated to St. Jude, the guest receives a $25 gift card that can be used on their next visit.
General Manager Edward Walker said, “Our servers here are the ones who should be taking credit for reaching our goal,” said general manager Edward Walker. “Each server set individual goals for themselves and they all reached them, and some surpassed them greatly.”
The servers were tasked with the responsibility of prompting their guests to donate when they brought the check to their tables.
Mickey Adams, a server at the fondue restaurant, said he and his fellow servers were excited to take roles in the fundraiser.
“It was so much fun and extremely rewarding to set a goal and reach it,” Adams said. “Most of my guests were more than happy to donate knowing they were contributing to my restaurant’s goal, my personal goal, and an amazing organization.”
Walker said there was a national incentive for servers set by The Melting Pot’s corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
“The reason we call this fundraiser Fondue for The Kids is because corporate selects the top 10 servers in the nation from all the stores to make fondue for the kids at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,” said Walker.
Since becoming a St. Jude partner in 2003, The Melting Pot has raised more than $7.6 million for St. Jude.
The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. has more than 138 restaurants in North America, with more than 25 locations currently in development.