Pancheros Teams Up with Local University for Charity Event

Pancheros Teams Up with Local University for Charity Event

For the seventh year in a row, Pancheros Mexican Grill (, has officially teamed up with University of Iowa for their annual Dance Marathon, donating over 1,800 burritos to the event. Benefiting the pediatric cancer unit of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Pancheros will be fueling hungry dancers with their legendary burrito creations on February 1, 2013.

Famous for their signature fresh-pressed tortillas and mouthwatering burritos, Pancheros provides a distinctive Mexican dining experience for its customers. Each burrito masterpiece is carefully crafted with a special tool known as “Bob the Tool”, a small plastic spatula, to provide guests with a well-balanced burrito that has all of the flavorful ingredients in each bite. Other fan favorites include: quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls and salads, all of which are made with freshly grilled meats and vegetables.

Pancheros is honored to be able to work with the University of Iowa again to feed hungry dancers and motivate them to raise even more money for such a worthy cause,” said Rodney Anderson, President of Pancheros Mexican Grill. “Having such strong ties to Iowa, we could not be happier to give back to a community, which has some of our biggest burrito supporters.”

Pancheros has been a dedicated and charitable sponsor to Dance Marathon for the past seven years, feeding 2,000 dancers annually,” said Sarah Brumwell, Associate Director of Children’s Miracle Network. “We are so thankful for their partnership.”

Since 1994, The University of Iowa Dance Marathon has been committed to raising money to benefit children battling pediatric cancer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year the event raised a record-breaking $1,220,146.17, with plans of only surpassing that number this year. Recently, the University of Iowa Dance Marathon pledged to donate $5 million dollars over a ten-year period to help fund a new building for the hospital.

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. 

University of Iowa Dance Marathon has been a significant donor to Children’s Miracle Network for the past 19 years. UI Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that provides year-round financial and emotional support to pediatric oncology patients and their families. UIDM is 24-hours and is held in February.  Students and families gather to celebrate the survivors and honor those who have lost their battle to pediatric cancer. For more information about University of Iowa Dance Marathon, visit