The Cheesecake Factory Oscar & Evelyn Overton
Charitable Foundation

The Cheesecake Factory has inherited a tradition of excellence from our founders, Oscar and Evelyn Overton, whose values have shaped our culture and continue to define the character of our company today.  The Cheesecake Factory Oscar & Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation exists to fulfill its mission through enhancing the wellbeing of its surrounding communities.  This non-profit organization was created not only as a means to raise funds for worthy causes, but also as a way to unite our caring and conscientious staff members in charitable causes and disaster relief efforts.

Since 2002, on Thanksgiving Day staff members of The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Lux Cafe and RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen restaurants join forces for the annual Thanksgiving Day Feast for The Salvation Army.  Volunteer staff members along with their friends and families, give back to their local communities by donating their time and energy in preparing and serving a fine-dining Cheesecake Factory experience to those less fortunate at community centers across the country.  In addition to providing exceptional food and service to our honored Salvation Army guests, the dinner also allows our staff members and volunteers to get involved and help those in need.   

Each June the Foundation hosts its annual Charity Golf Tournament and Auction raising money for the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California.  City of Hope is an innovative biomedical research, treatment, and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  The Foundation has donated more than $2.1 million to City of Hope as a result of this tournament.

The Foundation has sponsored staff member teams for fundraising or community service projects since 2008 through a program called The Cheesecake Factory ‘Give Back.’  The purpose of this program is to inspire staff to get involved with the non-profit organizations they care about.  The Foundation provides team shirts and makes a financial donation to the non-profit organization based on the number of staff members on the team.  The more ‘Give Back’ staff members, the larger the donation!

September is Hunger Action Month.  Since 2008 we’ve been taking action by conducting a nationwide staff member Peanut Butter Drive. Just in time for back-to-school lunches for hungry kids, we stock the shelves of local Feeding America® food banks.  Staff members and managers collect peanut butter and $1 contributions for the cause.  Last year more than 170,000 pounds of peanut butter and $500,000 was donated to local Feeding America food banks across the country.

The Foundation supports the South Los Angeles Youth & Community Center, and has donated $40,000 each year since 2006.  The Center is located a high-crime area of Los Angeles.  Before the Foundation stepped in to help, the Center did not have the funding to remain open on Saturdays.  The Foundation’s contributions have given the children in this neighborhood a safe place to play every Saturday.

The Cheesecake Factory Foundation and our dedicated donors and volunteers are making a difference in our communities and the lives of many.

Recent Foundation Events / Donations

Team Sponsorship ‘Give Back’ Program 2012

Through our ‘Give Back’ program we sponsored more than 2,000 team members to participate and support the causes they care about. 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA®, National MS Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association®, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, American Cancer Society®, Wounded Warrior Project, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer®, American Heart Association®, March of Dimes®, Best Buddies®, MS 

Society®, JDRF®, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®, The Humane Society of the United States, Arthritis Foundation®, AIDS Walk, SPCA, Make A Wish®, Autism Speaks®, The Salvation Army®, Angels for Angels, Alzheimer’s Association®, Juvenile Diabetes®, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network®, ALS Association® and Center for Food Action are just a few of the more than 100 non-profit organizations that benefited from the Give Back Program.
Thanksgiving Day Feast in 13 Cities November 2012

The Cheesecake Factory prepared and served a Thanksgiving Day Feast at select Salvation Army Community Centers across the country; locations included Salvation Army Centers in Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

More than 3,000 staff members volunteered to serve a much-needed sit-down holiday meal to 6,000 low-income individuals and families.

Staff Member Peanut Butter Drive September 2012

Our enthusiastic staff collected more than 170,000 pounds of peanut butter and financial donations for local Feeding America Network Food Banks. The Cheesecake Factory is one of Feeding America’s national networks that support 

more than 200 food banks which distribute over three billion pounds of food and grocery products to America’s hungry in communities across the country each year. Together we are Feeding America!
10th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting City of Hope June 2012

The Cheesecake Factory Oscar & Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation hosted its 10th annual "Silver Anniversary" Invitational Charity Golf Tournament benefiting City of Hope at North Ranch Country Club in 

Westlake, California.  Thanks to The Cheesecake Factory's many generous vendor partners, together we have contributed more than $2.1 million to the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A Night of Comedy & Caring Fundraiser for The Salvation Army February 2011

Cheesecake Factory executives hosted an exclusive cocktail party with gourmet culinary creations at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, and  enjoyed an unforgettable evening of side-splitting standup humor at the world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

 

The event benefitted The Salvation Army Westwood

Transitional Village, Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center, and South Los Angeles Youth and Community Center. These programs provide transitional housing, education, and hope for veterans, families, and children affected by homelessness, violence, and abuse.
Haitian Relief Staff Fundraiser January 2010
In response to the massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 The Cheesecake Factory formed a Haitian Relief Fund providing staff members with an opportunity to contribute to the relief effort.  The Cheesecake Factory Oscar & Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation proudly matched all staff members’

donations. Together, we contributed a total of $84,000 to the following disaster response organizations:

Doctors without Borders®: $37,800
Hope for Haiti®: $37,800
America Red Cross®: $4,200
UNICEF: $4,200