Pancheros Joins Forces with Local University for Charity Function

Pancheros Joins Forces with Local University for Charity Function

Pancheros Mexican Grill, a fast casual Mexican restaurant known for crafting delectable burritos, has officially teamed up with Iowa State University for their annual Dance Marathon event. For the fourth consecutive year, Pancheros will donate over 1,200 burritos to the charity event. Benefiting the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Pancheros will serve up burrito masterpieces to nourish hungry participants dancing the night away on January 26, 2013.

Known for providing an unparalleled dining experience, Pancheros offers customers an array of burrito options, all of which are concocted with freshly grilled meats and vegetables. Each burrito is constructed with a signature fresh-pressed tortilla then rolled and stuffed with love. To ensure patrons receive a well-balanced burrito, the Mexican restaurant employs a small plastic spatula, “Bob the Tool,” which carefully mixes all of the savory ingredients together. Other appetizing menu selections include: quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls and salads.

“Through the donation of our burritos, we hope to not only fuel hungry dancers, but also encourage them to raise even more money than the previous year,” said Rodney Anderson, President of Pancheros Mexican Grill. “Pancheros is always looking for ways to give back to the neighborhoods we operate in and are grateful to have the opportunity to give back to both Iowa State University and the Ames community.”

For over 15 years, Iowa State University has been dedicated to raising money to benefit the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year, the event raised over $380,000, assisting hundreds of children across Iowa with life threatening illnesses. This year, the organization hopes to continue to grow and make a larger impact on families throughout the area. For additional information regarding the Iowa State University Dance Marathon event, please visit

Founded in 1992 by Rodney L. Anderson, Coralville, Iowa-based Pancheros Mexican Grill is a quick-serve, fresh-Mexican franchise that serves its signature fresh-pressed tortillas filled with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Burritos are customized and mixed with “Bob the Tool” to get every ingredient in each bite. Along with their tasty burritos, the menu also includes quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads. Pancheros currently has more than 50 locations in the United States and the company plans to have 60 restaurants open across the country by the end of 2013. For more information, visit

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1984, receives financial support from individuals, groups, businesses, and corporations that benefit patients and their families.  Gifts received through Children’s Miracle Network enhance programs and services, provide social and developmental support, contribute to facility renovations, and enhance many other resources.

Over the past 15 years, ISU Dance Marathon has generated $2 million in support for UI Children’s Hospital. Support has been directed to many critical programs at UI Children’s Hospital, including patient and library materials, pediatric specialty clinic equipment and enhancements, and various patient amenities. All of the money raised by the yearly ISU Dance Marathon is given directly to UI Children’s Hospital through the University of Iowa Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network.