Restaurant.com’s Feed It Forward Program Teams Up with Non-Profit Organizations for Holiday Giving Celebration

Company Gives $3.8 million in Restaurant.com Gift Certificates to the American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Illinois and Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois

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There is no better gift than the gift of giving, and we want to empower people everywhere to embrace generosity.

Arlington Heights, Ill. (PRWEB) December 14, 2011

Restaurant.com is proud to announce its partnership with three non-profit organizations during the holiday season: the American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Illinois and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.

Nearly 400,000 $10 Restaurant.com Gift Cards have been given to these organizations through Feed It Forward to be used as gifts of thanks, with a particular emphasis on volunteers who donate their time and effort, expecting nothing in return.

Restaurant.com launched Feed It Forward in 2008 as a result of the economic downturn. The company believes everyone should be able to experience the gift of giving during the holiday season, regardless of economic circumstances.

“There is no better gift than the gift of giving, and we want to empower people everywhere to embrace generosity,” said Restaurant.com President and CMO Christopher Krohn. “Partnering with the American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Illinois and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois makes it possible to spread the gift of giving to volunteers who are truly deserving of thanks. We’re excited to celebrate the true holiday spirit with organizations that have a special place in our hearts.”

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy.

“We are grateful to our family of American Lung Association supporters who enable us to do our vital mission each and every day,” said Chuck Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “We’ve just launched our annual Christmas Seals®, a critical funding element that has been powering our battle against lung disease since 1907. Made possible by our partner Restaurant.com, Feed It Forward is a wonderful way to recognize our key benefactors. Times are tough and every dollar matters. Thank you, Restaurant.com, for giving us the means to stretch our dollars.”

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Illinois’ mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while we advance toward a cure.

“JDRF Illinois is excited to continue our partnership with Restaurant.com and share their Feed It Forward program with our supporters as a thank you for their dedication to our mission,” said L. Patrick Reedy, Executive Director, JDRF Illinois Chapter The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois is very grateful to partner with Restaurant.com at such a magical and giving time of the year. We are thrilled to be able to recognize our amazing volunteers that are at the core of our mission with this new partnership,” said Beth Murnane, Corporate Development Manager, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois.

Feed It Forward is built upon a single giving website, stocked with $10 Restaurant.com eGift Cards – http://www.Restaurant.com/FeedItForward. The site will be live through midnight PST on Christmas Day, and allows individuals to give eGift Cards that are redeemable at Restaurant.com. Givers choose whom to give to and gift recipients then decide where to dine from more than 10,000 participating Restaurant.com restaurants nationwide. Individuals who receive Feed It Forward gift certificates through the American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Illinois and Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois can redeem their gift certificates directly through the Feed It Forward site.

“Organizations across the country have felt the impact of the economy, but it’s the support of employees, volunteers and local communities that help keep those organizations committed to giving,” said Krohn. “We’re honored to be associated with three non-profit partners that recognize the smallest gesture can make a big impact.”

Feed It Forward has given a total of $5.4 million in Restaurant.com Gift Certificates to non-profit organizations since the program’s inception in 2008.

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1 800 LUNG USA (1 800 586 4872) or visit http://www.lung.org.

About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. For more information, visit http://www.jdrf.org.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. Visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish® with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The MAW Foundation of Illinois is in its 26th year of granting wishes. During that time, the chapter has granted over 10,000 wishes for children in Illinois. In 2012, the chapter’s goal is to grant 800 wishes. It granted 766 wishes in 2011. For more information on how to donate or volunteer for the Illinois chapter, visit http://www.wishes.org.

About Restaurant.com
Restaurant.com helps deepen relationships and create lasting memories one dining experience at a time. The company offers savings at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 45,000 daily gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings family and friends together to relax, converse and enjoy dining out. Restaurant.com has helped customers save more than $500 million since the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based company was founded in 1999.

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