Chili’s Grill & Bar in Leesville is holding its annual fund-raising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Hospital this month.

Last year, West Central Louisiana givers put the Leesville facility high among the company’s more than 1,000 Chili’s locations, according to Sara McDaniel, Culinary Manager at the Leesville site.

McDaniel, a granddaughter of former DeRidder Mayor Frank Delia, said the generosity of Vernon and Beauregard residents enabled the Leesville eatery to finish fifth in support for St. Jude.

Since Chili’s joined with the hospital’s mission in 2002, it has raised more than $63 million for the Memphis, Tenn. hospital.

On Friday, McDaniel and Hope Captain Alysia Copen and Amber Williams and Julianna Pugh were set up adjacent to Walgreen’s on U.S. 171, conducting an annual raffle that is part of the local campaign.

Saturday, the restaurant held a special $5 pancake breakfast, with proceeds going to St. Jude.

On Sunday, Chili’s employees will be at Walmart in Leesville from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., providing cocoa and baked goods in return for donations to St. Jude.

And on Monday, Dec. 18, Tip a Hero will take place at the Leesville site.

New Llano and Leesville firefighters will work along side Chili’s staff, with all tips for their service going to St. Jude.

Children at St. Jude are cancer patients, as well as youngsters with other life-threatening diseases.

Partnerships like the one with Chili’s assure that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, St. Jude officials said.