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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Cotton Patch Executives Go Bananas with Contest Highlighting Fundraiser for TSRHC

Cotton Patch Café matches contributions to TSRHC with dining gift card
Dallas, Texas (April 18, 2011) … On Thursday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m., Cotton Patch Café executives will be put to a different kind of food test by patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The children are competing against the local executives with a banana pudding building contest in honor of the hospital’s 90th birthday and to kick off the 2011 Cotton Patch Café Challenge fundraiser, which raised more than $78,000 for TSRHC last year! The event will take place at the hospital (2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219).

Prior to the banana pudding building contest (complete with yard sticks to measure how high the creations go), the children will receive a lesson on nutrition from Dale Baird, Cotton Patch Food Expert, about how to incorporate healthy eating habits into their daily routine. The presentation will touch on aspects of a healthy diet and why nutrition is important for children and their families.

For the past five years, Cotton Patch Café has chosen TSRHC as their primary philanthropic endeavor, raising more than $170,000 for the hospital. This year, Cotton Patch hopes to raise an additional $100,000 through The Cotton Patch Café Challenge. From March 28 – May 15, for every $25 donation made to the hospital through The Challenge, participants will receive a FREE $25 gift card to Cotton Patch. All proceeds benefit TSRHC.

“We’re thrilled that again this year the public can enjoy a great meal at Cotton Patch while supporting the hospital’s mission of caring for children,” said Stephanie Brigger, vice president of Development at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “Helping kids lead a healthy and happy life, while getting a great meal at a bargain price, is a great way to celebrate spring.”

“Cotton Patch Café is dedicated to making our community a better place, especially for children. By supporting TSRHC and all the hospital does for Texas families, we’re fulfilling that mission,” states Larry Marshall, President of Cotton Patch Café. “We are proud to take a leadership role and hope to encourage others to do the same,” concludes Marshall. The Cotton Patch brand started in 1989 in Nacogdoches and has grown to 38 locations throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

Cotton Patch Café is a 38-unit family friendly casual dining chain headquartered in Grapevine, Texas. The chain, serving freshly prepared traditional and grilled favorites since 1989, has locations across Texas and New Mexico. The menu features grilled specialties like the Grilled Cajun Duo that includes a blackened tilapia filet seasoned with Cajun seasonings and 8 grilled shrimp smothered in a crawfish cream sauce. In addition, Cotton Patch Café offers scrumptious traditional favorites like Crispy Fried Catfish, Chicken Fried Steak and Fork Tender Pot Roast. For more information, visit cottonpatch.com.

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