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JACK IN THE BOX RESTAURANTS PRESENTS $35,000 DONATION TO THE 'SAVE THE EARTH FOUNDATION'

 JACK IN THE BOX RESTAURANTS PRESENTS $35,000 DONATION
 TO THE 'SAVE THE EARTH FOUNDATION'
 Donation to Fund Environmental Research at
 the University of Washington
 TUKWILA, Wash., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- JACK IN THE BOX restaurants will present a check for $35,000 to the Save the Earth Foundation Friday, Aug. 7, at the Hotel Bel Aire at the Third Annual Save the Earth Foundation Celebrity Benefit Auction.
 Save the Earth Foundation President Neal Pargman and Foundation Celebrity Spokesperson Melody Thomas Scott (a popular actress on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" and a prominent advocate for the importance of saving the planet for future generations) will be on hand to accept the JACK IN THE BOX contribution from Northwest Marketing Manager Nancy Juetten. Forty stars from daytime dramas will also be in attendance at this gala event.
 The funds for the $35,000 donation were raised by western Washington JACK IN THE BOX restaurants during the months of April and July through the sale of Save the Earth coupon books.
 "For a $1 donation, restaurant guests purchased coupon books which included $10 in savings on some of the most popular burgers and sandwiches at JACK IN THE BOX," Juetten explained. "The proceeds have been designated to fund environmental research at the University of Washington."
 The University of Washington research project will be lead by geology research professor Dr. Alan Gillespie. Gillespie's study will evaluate the environmental impacts of logging in old growth forests by analyzing satellite photos. Gillespie's goal is to develop a tool to catalog the forests that can be used in the Northwest.
 "Over the last year or two, the numbers reported by private companies have disagreed," explained Gillespie. "To work with a problem (deforestation) that is changing rapidly, we need to reinventory things as soon as possible."
 Juetten developed the Save the Earth coupon book program as a means for JACK IN THE BOX to express its commitment to the environment in a meaningful way to the local community and also offer guests valuable product savings in thanks for their support.
 JACK IN THE BOX Manager of Environmental Affairs Darren Blass explains the chain's environmental commitment as follows: "JACK IN THE BOX restaurants express concern about the environment in a variety of ways: by implementing real solutions to conserve our natural resources; by working within our industry to improve the environment; by keeping up with and complying with new laws as they are enacted; and by reducing our contribution to the waste stream."
 In the past year alone, JACK IN THE BOX has diverted more than 1 million pounds of packaging from the waste stream by carefully changing the packaging, both in the front of the restaurant and in "the back of the house."
 "We've started recycling cardboard, reduced the weight of our forks and knives, switched from kids' meal boxes to bags made from recycled paper and reduced excess packing materials," Blass added.
 JACK IN THE BOX sought out the alliance with the Save the Earth Foundation because this organization is dedicated to funding scientific research at the college and university level, Juetten said. "The foundation considers its mandate to be in the arena of research conducted in the most apolitical manner available, research that can present its findings in a clear, objective way that can ultimately be the most useful in the search for solutions."
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: JACK IN THE BOX restaurants of western Washington will present the $35,000 check at the Third Annual Save the Earth Foundation Celebrity Auction at the Hotel Bel Aire in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 7, from 7-11 p.m. Those expected to be in attendance include Neal Pargman, Save the Earth Foundation president/founder; Melody Thomas Scott, Save the Earth spokesperson; Nancy Juetten, JACK IN THE BOX Northwest marketing manager; and 40 stars from Los Angeles-based daytime dramas./
 /CONTACT: Nancy S. Juetten of JACK IN THE BOX, 206-575-1785; Dr. Alan Gillespie, professor at the University of Washington, 206-543-6221; or Neal Pargman, president of The Save the Earth Foundation, 818-883-3673/ CO: JACK IN THE BOX; Save the Earth Foundation ST: Washington, California IN: LEI SU:


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