Tijuana Flats Partners With Rip Medical Debt To Eliminate $1 Million Of Medical Debt For Florida Families
Donation from Tex-Mex Brand Provides Need-Based Debt Relief for Over 1,000 Floridians
August 09, 2019 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Tijuana Flats is clearing more than $1 million in medical debt for more than 1,000 individuals and families in the greater Orlando area - where the Tex-Mex chain is based.
Tijuana Flats, backed by AUA Private Equity, worked with RIP Medical Debt, a national debt-buying nonprofit organization to make a significant donation to eliminate medical debt for individuals and families living in poverty or facing financial hardship.
“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is part of our core mission at Tijuana Flats,” said Brian Wright, chief executive officer. “It’s an honor to be able to serve our hometown in more ways than one.”
AUA Private Equity, who through its investment fund owns a majority stake in Tijuana Flats, put together a cohort of four portfolio companies who each made a significant donation to benefit their hometown markets. Tijuana Flats is directly responsible for forgiving $1,764,146.60 of face-value medical debt for 1,196 individuals and families in Central Florida.
RIP Medical Debt will utilize the donation from Tijuana Flats to buy and forgive medical debt for individuals and families meeting certain qualifications. To qualify, they must earn less than two times the federal poverty level, have financial hardship (out-of-pocket expenses 5% or more of their annual income) or facing insolvency.
About Tijuana Flats
With an “anything goes” approach to food, hot sauce and life in general Tijuana Flats has been providing over-the-top service and fresh, made-to-order Tex-Mex to guests for over 20 years. Founded in Winter Park, Fla., Tijuana Flats has more than 2,800 employees and 135 locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. The Tex-Mex-For-All brand has been named to Fast Casual Magazine’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list and received the National Restaurant Association’s 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award. For more information or to place an order online, visit tijuanaflats.com.
About RIP Medical Debt
RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit organization that allows generous donors and organizations to erase the debt of Americans whose lives have been destroyed by unjust medical debt. Founded in 2014 by two former collections industry executive, Craig Antico & Jerry Ashton, RIP has raised enough money to abolish over $675 million for over 200,000 people (including $50,000,000 in Veteran debt in 2018 alone). Their stated mission is to find, buy and forgive $1,000,000,000 (yes, billion) in medical bills before 2020. To learn more, and get involved, visit www.ripmedicaldebt.org
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