Partners in Care | The Chili’s and St. Jude story
Since 2002, we have proudly supported the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. It all began as a local, grassroots fundraising effort by seven Memphis-area Chili’s restaurants that raised $14 thousand for St. Jude via crayons and pepper coloring sheets.
By 2004, our partnership with St. Jude grew national with the launch of the annual Create-A-Pepper campaign.
In 2006, we made our first multi-year commitment to raise $50 million in a 10-year period – one of the largest single-partner donations in St. Jude history – to build the state-of-the-art Chili's Care Center, which opened in 2007.
In 2014, we reached our $50 million commitment two years early with the help of donation from our gracious Guests and ChiliHeads.
In 2016, we made our second multi-year commitment to raise $30 million in a six-year period to further develop The St. Jude school Program presented by Chili's for its patients.
Since the partnership began, we have raised more than $68 million with the help of our Guests and Team Members, and we won’t stop there.
Each year, we:
- Host our annual Create-A-Pepper campaign to encourage Guests and Team Members to donate to St. Jude
- Donates our profits on Donate Profits Day, which is hosted on the last day of the annual Create-A-Pepper campaign
- Support St. Jude Thanks and Giving® through donations on our tabletop tablet, Ziosk, where Guests can donate $1, $5, $10 or $25
- Sponsor the annual St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer and The St. Jude School Program presented by Chili's