Islands Restaurants gives back

CARLSBAD — While Islands Restaurants gears up for National Hamburger Day, they’re also giving back to the community in a big way. On May 28, Islands will debut its Miracle Menu, and 10 percent of the proceeds raised will filter back to the national nonprofit organization, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego is part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. And with nine Islands Restaurants to choose from in the county, there’s much hope Rady’s will benefit tremendously.
The Miracle Menu will be available from May 28 to June 12 with a goal of raising $100,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Islands Restaurants has 53 locations taking part in this philanthropic pursuit, and 45 of these restaurants are located in Southern California.
“The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a national charity but any money raised in a community goes to that children’s hospital,” said Cheryl Polk, corporate development officer at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Polk pointed out that $100,000 is not going directly to Rady Children’s Hospital. The funds will be split between the children’s hospitals located within the vicinities of the Islands Restaurants. These locales will include Orange County, Los Angeles and beyond.
So, the more San Diegans eat at an Islands Restaurant, the more money will go to Rady Children’s Hospital.
“Islands is such a great partner,” Polk said. “They realize how important it is to give to the community and this really has been their doing.”
The Miracle Menu will have Islands’ three most popular items: spinach and artichoke dip, big wave hamburger with cheese and the Kona pie.
If the $100,000 goal is reached before June 12, the Miracle Menu will go on hiatus.
Islands Restaurants opened its doors 29 years ago and its corporate headquarters are based in Carlsbad. Although it already supported its local communities, about a year ago, it researched how it could align itself with a larger charitable organization
“That’s when the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals came onto our radar,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “When you walk through these hospitals and see the love and care that all the workers, nurses, doctors give it’s amazing — it just touches your heart and that’s why we decided to do it.”
Smith is looking forward to the Miracle Menu launch and hopes to have a long-term relationship with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Polk said they are thankful for the ongoing community support and this includes the upcoming Islands Restaurant Miracle Menu effort.
Last year, Rady Children’s Hospital treated 147,000 kids. And these numbers surge higher when adding on outpatient services.
“We treat so many kids,” Polk said. “About 50 percent of the kids we treat have little or no medical insurance and Rady Children’s Hospital will never turn a child away due to their lack of ability to pay.”
Fundraising and philanthropy is important for the hospital so it can continue to provide the best medical care for San Diego kids.
“Please come out to Islands and support Rady Children’s Hospital and give back to a great organization,” Smith said.

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