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Tijuana Flats Raises Nearly $40K for Breast Cancer Research

–Tijuana Flats’ Just in Queso Foundation Announces Donation Results to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation–

ORLANDO, Fla (October 26,2011) -Tijuana Flats’ Just in Queso Foundation, which provides aid to individuals, communities and organizations in need , presented its fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. In just two weeks, the Just in Queso Foundation raised in remarkable $39,506 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), supporting its mission to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer.

From September 30 to October 16, Tijuana Flats donated $3 of every bottle sold from its Just in Queso charity hot sauce sales to the BCRF. Customers could purchase the hot sauce both online and in the restaurant’s 76 locations nationwide. Generous individuals also made personal donations to the cause.

Tijuana Flats’ Jacksonville location (13529 Beach Boulevard Suite) raised the most money. The hardworking team and dedicated customers were able to raise nearly $2,500 to benefit the BCRF. Coming in a close second was the Tijuana Flats location in Miramar, Fla.(14633 Miramar Parkway), raising nearly $2,000.

“Over the past 5 years, we’ve proudly raised over $190,000 to BCRF,” said Just in Queso President Dede Franklin. “Each bottle purchased by our loyal customers allows us to help BCRF achieve its goals and especially its mission of prevention and finding a cure.”

 About the Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation & Charitable Initiatives

Tijuana Flats’ Just in Queso Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit foundation, which provides aid to individuals, communities and organizations in need. With the Just in Queso Foundation, Tijuana Flats is able to have support funds waiting “just in case” a tragedy strikes and people are left in need, including everything from rebuilding areas devastated by natural disasters to providing monetary support for other non-profit charities, families and individuals when they need it most.

The Just in Queso Foundation provides financial support primarily through the sale of the Just in Queso charity hot sauce, as well as the restaurant’s special-edition holiday “Smack My Ass and Call Me Santa” hot sauce and Just in Queso wine. All proceeds from the sale of each $5.00 bottle of hot sauce add to the foundation for times of need. One hundred percent of the proceeds are returned to the community nationwide. In addition, the foundation accepts tax-deductible donations from other organizations and individuals.

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)

BCRF was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational researcher. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $270 million to support research at medical institutions across the globe conducting the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will help lead to prevention and a cure in our lifetime. To date, nearly $28 million has been directed to stellar scientist at New England medical institutions, and in October 2009, $3.5 million was awarded to 24 distinguished researchers from prominent institutions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Today, Boston and the New England area have the second largest concentration of BCRF grantees. BCRF preserves in directing at least 85 cents of every dollar raised directly to research. And for the eighth consecutive year, BCRF received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, four stars, thus outperforming over 99.8% of the more than 5,400 evaluated charities, while the American Institute of Philanthropy has awarded BCRF its highest possible rating of A+. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization in the U.S. to receive these accolades. For more information, visit www.bcrfcure.org or call 1.866.FIND.A.CURE.