Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced a partnership with Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis, Minn. – (Jan. 12, 2012) – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced a partnership with Famous Dave’s restaurants in the Twin Cities. These restaurants together have formed Wilbur Cares Twin Cities, a fundraising organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children dealing with life-threatening illnesses by providing meals, donations and friendly faces.

As part of Wilbur Cares Twin Cities, Famous Dave’s locations throughout the Twin Cities will be selling “Wilbur Cares” dolls for $5, with all proceeds from the sale of the dolls benefitting Children’s.

The Wilbur Cares initiative began when a Famous Dave’s store manager from Denver began visiting with children and families at his local children’s hospital. His simple act of kindness has fostered a culture of generosity within Famous Dave’s that has spread to the Twin Cities.

Children’s of Minnesota and Famous Dave’s relationship began in July of 2011, when Famous Dave’s employees began serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House inside Children’s Hospital – Minneapolis. Famous Dave’s mascot, Wilbur, has also appeared on Children’s closed circuit television station, Star Studio.

“We’re so pleased to count Famous Dave’s as one of our partners in helping to care for the children of this community,” said Theresa Pesch, executive director of the Foundation of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “We can only complete our mission of championing the special health needs of children with the support of organizations like Famous Dave’s that have cultivated a culture of generosity and have big hearts for giving back.” 

As a kick-off to the partnership, Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues in Calhoun Square (3001 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55408) will host an evening of music, dancing and games, from 3 – 7 pm, Saturday, January 21. Music will be provided by Boogie Wonderland, Davina and the Vagabonds and Soul Tight Committee. More information on purchasing tickets and where to buy Wilbur Cares dolls can be found at http://giving.childrensmn.org/.

About Children’s:

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 340 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.

Children's is regularly ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, most recently in 2011 for its neonatal, cardiovascular, cancer and pulmonology care. Once again in 2011, Children's was recognized by the Leapfrog Group as one of the ten top hospitals in the country for quality and efficiency.

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of the end of third quarter 2011, the company owns 53 locations and franchises 131 additional units in 37 states. The menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, salads, and a large selection of BBQ sandwiches and side items. Famous Dave's has won over 500 awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com

About Wilbur Cares Twin Cities

Wilbur Cares Twin Cities is a fundraising organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children dealing with life-threatening illnesses by providing meals, donations and friendly faces. Starting in 2012, Famous Dave's locations in Minnesota will be selling Wilbur Cares dolls, with proceeds benefitting Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

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