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Social Responsibility

Past Events - 2010

Arizona - Phoenix

Uncorked & Unplugged

Sunday, October 17, 2010
At Desert Ridge in Phoenix

Rubio's is proud to sponsor Uncorked & Unplugged — a casual, yet sophisticated evening under the stars celebrating the best in gourmet foods, fine wine and spirits, and live entertainment. This is one of the Valley's premier fall events benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale.

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6th Annual Pat's Run

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
At Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe AZ
4.2 Mile Run/Walk Starting at 7am
.42 Mile Kids Race Starting at 9:15am

With a focus on a healthy and fit lifestyle, Rubio's is proud to be a sponsor of Pat's Run — the signature annual fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Over 20,000 runners and walkers as they came together at Sun Devil Stadium to celebrate the life of Pat Tillman and hone his legacy of leadership and civic action.

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Taste - Chandler's Culinary Festival

Sunday, October 31, 2010, 6-11pm

Taste - Chandler's Culinary Festival will feature Chandler's finest food, wine and spirits in one delicious evening of dining and drinking. Set in Historic Downtown Chandler, Taste will showcase food and drink from over 30 local restaurants and beverage purveyors, Rubio's included. All participants and guests will have the opportunity to savor the flavor of unique and appetizing culinary delights in a cheerful, casual Chandler atmosphere.

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Arizona - Tucson


Sunday, April 18th, 2010
At La Encantada in Tucson

The EVENT, an evening gala celebrating the best in gourmet food, fine wine and spirits, live celebrity auction, and live entertainment, took place on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at La Encantada-all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. Over 1,200 people attended this premier event, sampling tastes from more than 40 local restaurants and sipping wine and other beverages while being entertained by live music throughout the evening under the stars.

California - NorCal

11th Annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival

This festival is a centerpiece for the arts in Sacramento and a celebration of both visual and musical works from around the world. Rubio's is a proud sponsor of this festival for the past three years.

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California's Grape & Gourmet - Benefiting Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program

Rubio's loves supporting the California's Grape & Gourmet by sampling our delicious items like our Grilled Gourmet Tacos to thousands of event participants. California's Grape & Gourmet is the culmination of the golden state's premier wine competition that features the largest tasting of California gold medal winning wines under one roof. Over 5,000 guests will sample the finest wines California has to offer and also taste delicacies from the best restaurants within the Sacramento Region. Each of the 800+ wines featured at the event are California State Fair Award Winners. Over 200 California wineries will be represented along with 80 of the Sacramento Region's award winning restaurants.

California - Los Angeles

LA Marathon

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Race starts at The Dodger Stadium

The 2010 LA Marathon was a huge success this year benefiting a host of affiliate charities. Rubio's had nearly 2,500 visitors at their booth at the Friday and Saturday Expo. On Saturday before the race, Rubio's catered the Pre Race dinner, much to the delight of all of the participating athletes. Join us next year for this exciting event!

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Office Depot - Star Teacher Program Appreciation Day

Date: TBA, 2010
At your local Office Depot store

To recognize teachers for the difference they make in so many lives every day, Office Depot has a Star Teacher Program and each year they hold an in-store "Appreciation Day" to welcome back the teachers for the upcoming school year. This gives the teachers the opportunity to network with their colleagues and to take advantage of great discounts that Office Depot offers for Back to School supplies for Teachers.

The 17th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival

Sunday, June 6, 2010, 1 - 5pm

Rubios' participated in The 17th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival, a showcase of the area's premier chefs and culinary personalities and flavors. This premier event raises money for the charity group Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, the largest nonprofit provider of children's mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties whose mission is to provide hope and help to abused, neglected, or at-risk children through a variety of community based programs.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life

July 17-18, 2010

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life unites communities across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. This year marks the 26th year anniversary of the Relay For Life.

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California - Orange County

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "Walk to Cure Diabetes"

April 24, 2010
Location: TBA

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 juvenile diabetes research in the world. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has focused on the mission of finding a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill is a proud sponsor of the Orange County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Chapter. Rubio's supports the annual JDRF "Walk to Cure Diabetes" which took place at the University of Irvine California.

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49th Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic

May 28- 31, 2010; June 5- 6, 2010
Location: TBA

The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization devoted to raising funds for Holy Family Services Adoption & Foster Care Agency. The dedicated members of the Adoption Guild envision giving every child the opportunity to have a loving family of his or her own. Each year the Adoption Guild members work together to raise funds for Holy Family Services through events, sponsorships, and grant applications. The Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic, now celebrating its 49th year, is one of the largest amateur charity doubles tournaments in California. Rubio's proudly supports the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County by participating in the annual Player's Party for the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event were donated to Holy Family Services.

Learn more about the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County

AIDS Walk Orange County

May 22, 2010
The Great Park, Irvine

Thousands joined the 24th annual AIDS Walk Orange County to raise awareness of and much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and care for people in our community. There are currently more than 1 million people in the United States living with HIV/AIDS and over 8,000 of those infected individuals live in Orange County. AIDS Walk Orange County is an annual 5 km walk developed to raise awareness of and much-needed funds for HIV and AIDS prevention and care in Orange County, California. The funds raised by AIDS Walk Orange County are distributed among several Orange County recipient agencies that serve the Orange County HIV/AIDS community. Rubio's has been a food sponsor of the AIDS Walk Orange County for the past three years.

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Easter Seals Southern California Golf Invitational

Monday, March 8, 2010
Alta Vista Country Club - Placentia, CA

Over 9 million children in the United States have a special health care need, affecting one in five households. Easter Seals is working to create a world where each child born with a disability is given the support necessary to participate fully in life and to have dreams and hopes, successes and achievements. Rubio's is the proud food sponsor of the annual Easter Seals Southern California Golf Invitational. By donating lunch for over 200 golfers, Rubio's helped 100% of the proceeds from this Golf Tournament go back to the Easter Seals Foundation.

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California - San Diego

Creek to Bay Cleanup

Saturday, April 24th, 9AM - 12noon
Location: Over 65 cleanup sites countywide

Rubio's is proud to be a site sponsor for the Creek to Bay Cleanup. Each year, volunteers at the Creek to Bay Cleanup cover more ground, remove more trash, and spread to new areas throughout San Diego County. This year, thousands joined to protect and conserve treasured outdoor areas such as beaches, bays, canyons, and parks by volunteering for this event that comes just in time for Earth Day! The Rubio's adopted beach already has enough volunteers, but please go to and volunteer for one of the sites still in need of some TLC (noted in red).

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Rock n Roll Marathon

Sunday, June 6, 2010

For the 5th year in a row, Rubio's is a proud sponsor of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. This year, the event benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Rock 'n' Roll marathon is famous for its "rock 'n' roll" party attitude and music. From handing out water to handing out delicious tacos, Rubio's supports the athletes that participate for such a great cause.

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San Diego Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sunday, November 7, 2010
8am, Balboa Park

Rubio's is a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The organization raises money to help find a cure for breast cancer. From feeding walkers to hosting fundraising restaurant nights, to tying on our shoes and running this 5K ourselves, Rubio's team members are showing their true colors in support of this worthy cause.

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San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival

November 17-21, 2010

Save the date for the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. Rubio's will be a third time exhibitor this year. This is a special event where San Diego's finest restaurants and wineries join together to provide their tastiest item. Last year, Ralph Rubio helped hand out Shrimp Grilled Gourmet Tacos to the San Diegans that came out to enjoy the event. We were also thrilled when we placed in the top ten of the "Chef of the Fest" culinary competition.

Rady Children's Hospital

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rubio's is proud to be a Gold Corporate Sponsor of Rady's Children Hospital. We have fed almost all 3500 employees to show our support of these hard-working, lifesaving individuals. Rady Children's Hospital has been ranked as one of the top 25 children's hospitals in the country. With 13 locations throughout San Diego, they offer a broad range of services including speech, physical and occupational therapies, child guidance and child protective services.

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Preview 2010

January 28, 2010

Held annually, Preview is presented by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and brings together dynamic national speakers, local economic experts and industry leaders in a conference and trade-show event that is unmatched in Las Vegas. With nearly 2,000 attendees, Preview Las Vegas attracts executives and decision makers from all industries looking to get the latest information about the key trends that will affect business in the year ahead and are ready to make key contacts.


Rubio's Winter Beach Party

Saturday, January 30, 2010, 12-2 p.m.
358 South 700 East

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill® brought the warmth of a Baja California beach to Utahns with a Savor the Sun indoor beach party. The event benefitted local kids with intellectual disabilities from the Best Buddies® program and featured free food, prizes, and a sand castle corner. Rubio's recreated a beach atmosphere with sand, heat, music, costal scenery and fresh BeachMex™ food. The event was the culmination of a week-long fundraising effort January 23-30, where Rubio's fans were encouraged to donate to Best Buddies® by purchasing any new grilled-fish menu item.

Salt Lake City Marathon

April 17, 2010

12,000 of our closest friends ran, biked, walke, handed out water, and helped put on this great event — and if you can't participate by entering or volunteering, clear your schedule and be one of the thousands of spectators lined the course throughout Salt Lake County! The Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) has been selected as the Salt Lake City Marathon's charity. Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the premiere cancer research and care facility in the Intermountain West. As a National Cancer Institute-designated clinical care facility, HCI doctors and scientists conduct cutting-edge genetics research and treat patients in a caring environment.

Learn more about the Salt Lake City Marathon

Free Fishing Day


This day will celebrate the day that the Utah fishing & Wildlife office will allow residents to fish without a license. Make plans now to get out with your family and enjoy a free day of fishing. Utah has plenty of water this year, and fishing should be better than ever. To commemorate the day, Rubio's will hold a "Free Fish Taco Giveaway!"

Ragnar Relay

June 18 - 19, 2010
Logan to Park City, UT

Ragnar was a 9th century Norse King. He was a pirate, a raider, a conqueror, an explorer, and a wild man. The tough, fearless, rugged attributes of this Norse King are shared by all who participate in a Ragnar Relay. In much the same way, a Ragnar Relay provides runners the freedom to roam, to explore — a free-spirited curiosity to get out there and experience outdoor adventure. And maybe even to conquer. Everyone has a wild side and nothing brings it out of you like a Ragnar Relay. Long live the Ragnar in us all!

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