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Panda aims to raise $1M for Asian disaster relief

ROSEMEAD Calif. The Panda Express quick-service chain will donate $1 from each sale of its three-entree sampler during a 13-day period beginning Monday to aid disaster-relief efforts in China and Myanmar, up to a total of $800,000, parent Panda Restaurant Group Inc. said Friday.

Another $100,000 will be solicited from the multiconcept operator’s 18,000 employees, with the company matching the associates’ contribution, the announcement indicated.

The funds will be donated to the American Red Cross China Relief Fund and the Tzu Chi Foundation, Panda Group said.

“Not only is the world community affected by these disasters, but many of our associates have experienced very personal tragedies as a result, so we are deeply committed to supporting the relief efforts,” said Panda Group co-chairman Peggy Cherng.

PRG is committed to raising up to $800,000 through the in-store fundraiser, which will take place at all Panda Express locations across 36 states from Monday to June 1. An additional $100,000 will be raised by PRG’s 18,000 associates nationwide, which includes a $100,000 matching fund from the company.

PRG, based here, is also the parent of the Panda Inn and Hibachi-San concepts.

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