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April 4, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS. – April 4, 2012 – On Monday, April 2, the First Watch restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas honored the memory of former franchisee Todd Babington (1958 – 2011) by donating 100 percent of the day’s profits to the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The restaurant, located at 2540 Iowa Street, Lawrence, Kansas, was able to provide $310.83 to the Foundation.

“We are proud to support the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their efforts, and are pleased that the proceeds from our donations will also give us a chance to honor our friend, Todd Babington,” said Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer.

The giveback day honored former Lawrence, Kansas First Watch franchisee Todd Babington who battled Type 1 Diabetes. Babington became one of the company’s original franchisees when he opened the Lawrence restaurant in 1997.

A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers fresh, made-to-order traditional favorites including pancakes, French toast, omelets and eggs benedict, as well as signature specialties such as Skillet Hashes, Chickichanga®, Healthy Turkey Omelet™ and Fresh Fruit Crepes. All menu items are freshly prepared to order and the restaurant does not use deep fryers or heat lamps.

In addition to serving unique and fresh entrées, First Watch offers its exclusive Sunrise Select® Premium Blend Coffee. The special blend is made from slow-roasted, hand-selected, high-grown Panamanian, Colombian and Mexican coffee beans.

First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers guests complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

About First Watch
First Watch has specialized in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch for nearly 30 years. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, to unique specialty items like the fan-favorite Chickichanga® and Fresh Fruit Crepes. It is currently the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with nearly 100 restaurants in 13 states and additional units under development as part of the Bradenton, FL-based company’s aggressive growth strategy. For more information, visit www.firstwatch.com.

About the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.
Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

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