Businesses Collaborate on 12Giving Program to Support a New Charity Each Month of the Year

Sperry’s Restaurant, Sam’s All American Sports Grill and A. Thomas Meats launch new charitable giving initiative—12Giving; First month’s program raises $2,000 for Our Kids Center

Nashville, TN, March 03, 2012 --( Doing some good for others and giving back to the community shouldn’t just be a one-time thing.

And for Sperry’s Restaurant, Sam’s All American Sports Grill and A. Thomas Meats, it’s an all-the-time thing to which they’re dedicating an entire month, every month of the year, to support a charity through their new 12Giving program.

“We needed a way for local restaurants to join forces in order to make a bigger impact in the communities we serve,” said 12Giving founder Al Thomas. “By focusing our efforts on one charity each month of the year, it allows us to create more awareness and buzz about that organization and ultimately donate more money.”

The 12Giving program selects a different charity each month to receive a portion of proceeds from any gift pack purchased through A. Thomas Meats and one menu item at each Sperry’s and Sam’s restaurant locations in Belle Meade, Cool Springs, Nashville, Hendersonville and Murfreesboro.

February was the first 12Giving campaign that successfully raised $2,000 for Our Kids Center, a Nashville-based organization that provides medical evaluations, counseling and other services for children and families affected by sexual abuse. Throughout February, Sperry’s and Sam’s restaurants donated $1 for every Steak Frites and Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip ordered, respectively, and A. Thomas donated $5 for every gift pack ordered.

“We were thrilled to be a part of this program and so honored that Our Kids was the first nonprofit chosen in this inaugural voyage,” said Sue Fort White, executive director of Our Kids Center. “12Giving is such a wonderful campaign that will only get better with every new month of giving. The local exposure and visibility of our organization through this campaign was highly beneficial to our outreach efforts – not too mention the generous donation we received!”

Looking ahead, in March 12Giving will benefit Alive Hospice, a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care and grief support services in 12 Middle Tennessee counties.

Throughout March, customers can support Alive Hospice by ordering the Jumbo Crab Cakes at Sperry’s and BBQ Baby Back Ribs at Sam’s. Restaurants will donate $1 for every Jumbo Crab Cake and BBQ Baby Back Ribs ordered, and A. Thomas Meats will donate $5 for every gift pack ordered.

“Our goal is to make this an even bigger giving campaign by getting more local restaurants involved,” said Thomas. “This is an effective way to give back to 12 different charities throughout the entire year, and a great opportunity for customers to help make a difference in their community – with every bite.”

For more information about the 12Giving campaign, visit

About 12Giving Participants

Sperry’s Restaurant
Sperry’s is a Southern dining destination for those looking to enjoy high quality food and impeccable service in a comfortable old English atmosphere. Serving patrons since 1974, Sperry’s kitchens serve only the finest products available, including aged, heavily marbled beef from Creekstone Farms, the finest fresh seafood available and premium cheeses, oils and spices.

Sperry’s Restaurants are located in Belle Meade at 5109 Harding Road just past the Belle Meade Plantation and in Cool Springs at 650 Frazier Drive next to Thomasville Furniture. Go to for more information and to make reservations.

Sam’s Sports Grill
With high definition TVs visible from every seat in the house and just about every sports package known to man, there’s no place like Sam’s All American Sports Grill. Sam’s has been voted the best sports bar in Nashville for 10 years in row and had one goal in mind to help them become the best—“to do things right.” And since 2000, they’ve been hard at work giving Nashville, Hendersonville and Murfreesboro customers the best food in town made-from-scratch with only the highest quality ingredients—cold beer right off the ice, happy hours every day of the week, and keeping the fun coming with weekly trivia and karaoke.

A. Thomas Meats
A. Thomas Meats is an online beef mail order service that serves Sperry’s Restaurant’s fine dining products to the public through the combined efforts of Mattingly Foods and Sperry’s Restaurant, offering online shopper the highest quality, custom-cut beef and specialty meats in the industry.

Natalie Townsend