BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s been 25 years since Todd Graves opened “The Mothership” at the north gates of LSU. Since 1996, Cane’s has grown to nearly 600 Restaurants, served 2.5 billion Box Combos and provided $100 million in Community support, and now, Graves is committed to giving back more than ever – starting right here in his home state.
On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Graves will announce that Raising Cane’s will support nonprofits, organizations, schools and more, committing $25 million in Communities from coast-to-coast over the next 12 months of Cane’s birthday year.
To kick off the milestone birthday celebration, at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25, Graves will present a check for $25,000 to both the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Feeding Louisiana at “The Mothership” – Raising Cane’s first Restaurant, located on Highland Road at State Street.
Media are also invited for a rare tour of Graves’ State Street apartment that replicates what it looked like when he lived there in 1996. After working as much as 20 hours in a day, Graves would retreat to the apartment overlooking the drive-thru for a quick rest before returning to the restaurant. The throwback apartment was also home to the first Raising Cane’s headquarters and is a ‘90s time capsule complete with retro furniture and electronics, computers, Rolodex, pagers, phones and more.
WHO: Todd Graves, Founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s
Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Feeding Louisiana representatives
Raising Cane III, Canine Mascot
WHAT: $25 Million Commitment Announcement
$25,000 Check Presentation to BRAF
$25,000 Check Presentation to Feeding Louisiana
Rare Opportunity to tour Todd Grave’s State Street Apartment
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25 | 10 a.m.
WHERE: Raising Cane’s #001 “The Mothership”
3313 Highland Road | Baton Rouge, LA 70802
In addition, “Caniacs” across Raising Cane’s hometown are invited to claim a piece of the brand’s history. On Saturday, Aug. 28, the first 25 Customers to visit one of the 18 Baton Rouge-area Restaurants will receive a limited-edition commemorative 25th anniversary t-shirt sporting the original black and white Raising Cane’s logo.
“From the beginning, I’ve been grateful for our Crew, Customers and Communities that have supported my dream,” Graves said. “That’s why taking care of our Crewmembers and getting involved at the local level, especially here in our home state, have been a huge part of who we are. I’m proud that we are a growing company of serving leaders and what better way to celebrate 25 years of business than to give back $25 million to the Communities we serve!”
Since 1996, Graves has grown Raising Cane’s from “The Mothership” – an old building he renovated in Baton Rouge – to a brand with nearly 600 restaurants and countless Caniacs from Los Angeles to Boston (and soon to be New York City). Along the way, Raising Cane’s and its 35,000 Crewmembers have never lost sight of one of Graves’ primary pillars – to be actively involved in the Community.
Over its first 25 years, Raising Cane’s has donated more than $100 million to various organizations that support the brand’s “6 Areas of Focus:” Education, Feeding the Hungry, Pet Welfare, Active Lifestyles, Business Development & Entrepreneurship and Everything Else! For example, among countless other initiatives, Raising Cane’s annual holiday fundraiser has sold more than 300,000 Plush Puppies – modeled after Cane’s’ faithful canine mascot – generating nearly $1 million in donations to local pet welfare organizations.
Raising Cane’s has given back more than $22 million over the past 25 years across the state of Louisiana. In addition to the $50,000 presented at the event Wednesday, Raising Cane’s $25 million commitment will include donations to local organizations such as:
Baton Rouge Green – $25,000
Baton Rouge Area Chamber Entrepreneurship Incubator – $25,000
Big Buddy Program – $25,000
100 Black Men – $25,000
Community organizations can submit a request at www.CanesAndCommunity.com.
In addition to the $25 million commitment, Raising Cane’s is also investing in Louisiana businesses by contributing $5 million to the Benson Capital Fund in support of leadership, business and economic development in the Gulf South region.
Raising Cane’s is the #1 Fastest Growing Chicken Chain, according to Nation’s Restaurant News and Market Force has ranked Cane’s top in the chicken category for six years. Glassdoor has named Raising Cane’s to its “Top 100 Employers” and Graves to its “Top 100 CEOs” in the U.S. lists. Sandelman named Raising Cane’s as one of the top Restaurant brands in the U.S. for Overall Customer Satisfaction for 14 years in a row. Cane’s was voted by its Customers as the top fast-casual Restaurant for Customer Safety during the pandemic and was most recently named as Top Employer for Diversity, Women and New Grads by Forbes.