Fatburger, a burger chain based in Los Angeles, helped support the American Red Cross at Josh Duhamel’s Youth Run For Japan on March 27th.

The Fatmobile, Fatburger’s restaurant on wheels, was on site at the event in Santa Monica, California, where over 4,000 runners braved the cold and rain to pledge their support and raise money for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan as they continue to show courage in the face of such unthinkable tragedy,” says Andy Wiederhorn, chairman of Fatburger.

“Community support and outreach is a priority for both the company and our employees. We have a strong neighborhood presence, not just here in Southern California where the company was founded, but across the country and in a growing number of international markets.

“It’s a privilege to be in a position to give back and help our friends and neighbors,” Wiederhorn says. “We’ve used the Fatmobile and other company resources to support volunteers and those in need through Hope for Haiti, the Concern Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, She Cares, Toys for Tots, LA’s Best Friends, Apple Faire, Think LA, and others. Many of our franchise partners also share this commitment and support their local community organizations.”

The company donated 100 percent of sales to the fund and provided a hot meal to the event’s staff and volunteers. Fatburger also sponsored the event’s Photo Fund booth. The Photo Fund raises money for charities, including the Red Cross, through sale of celebrity prints from their gallery. The Youth Run has raised nearly $150,000 to date.

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