Restaurants Against Cancer Beats the Heat in Second Year

Restaurants Against Cancer Beats the Heat in Second Year

As another summer closes in Arizona one highlight for area restaurants was the success of Restaurants Against Cancer. In it’s second year as an organized effort, the work produced over $22,000 for The American Cancer Society’s “Camp Sunrise.” The camp is a year round effort helping children and siblings of children with cancer. The funds raised by area restaurants were used to buy the food and supplies needed to host hundred of camping kids. Everything from bathroom tissue and hand soap, to milk, hot dogs and coffee for the counselors was paid for and delivered by the Arizona restaurant community. Suppliers like Accurate Chemical and Shamrock Foods did some heavy lifting and organizing by bringing restaurants into the effort and getting the supplies needed organized and delivered. Restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Burger King, Old Town Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale and Rosie McCaffery’s Irish Pub and The Parlor in Phoenix. “The effort was a great success and once again shows how one of the most competive industries there is can come together for a great cause.” said Monica Kopp from Shamrock Foods.

For a complete list of supporting restaurants and corporate sponsors click here.

About the Author

Bobby Fitzgerald

Bobby Fitzgerald is a 20 year restaurant veteran and passionate foodie. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and began working at the legendary Dancing Crab as a teenager. After studying culinary arts and food management at Johnson & Wales University, Bobby was a chef in Napa Valley and spent six years with Houston's Restaurants opening restaurants in five U.S. cities. In 1999 he started his company which today has locations in four states under The White Chocolate Grill and Cinzetti's Italian Market brands, serving 25,000 meals a week in from-scratch kitchens. All-the-while Bobby has dined in more restaurants then most food critics and creating fresh recipe ideas is a big part of his life. Bobby lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and three children and serves on the Board of Directors of The Arizona Restaurant Association as well as the Phoenix-Metro American Cancer Society. His current projects include Restaurants Against Cancer where Bobby is rallying the restaurant community to support camps for kids with cancer by donating the food and supplies needed to run the camps.  Bobby is the author of "The Customer First Manager" available at

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