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ION MANHATTAN BEACH – The Surfrider Foundation, a leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, waves and beaches, and Chipotle Mexican Grill are teaming up for a fundraiser across the state of California. Thursday, July 26, all California Chipotle restaurants will donate 50 percent of fundraiser sales to support Surfrider’s mission of protecting the ocean and coasts. Customers simply need to mention ‘Surfrider fundraiser’ to the cashier.

“We’re excited to have Chipotle’s support to help protect the ocean and coasts,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. “The coasts are where we live, work and play. But clean water, healthy beaches, accessible and plastic-free coastlines are threatened every day. The Surfrider network brings together people from across the nation who want to get involved and protect our ocean, waves and beaches for the future.”

All donated funds from the Chipotle fundraiser on Thursday, July 26, will support Surfrider’s programs, campaigns and volunteer-led chapters that defend and proactively protect our nation’s coasts from ongoing threats. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved more than 172 coastal victories in the state of California, including plastic straw and foam bans, offshore oil drilling legislation, beach access protection, and the statewide California bag ban, which has kept billions of plastic bags out of landfills, watersheds and the ocean.

For purchases to qualify, restaurant customers must mention the ‘Surfrider fundraiser’ or show the cashier the fundraiser flyer before completing payment of the purchase.

Like ION and its affiliates, Chipotle often supports organizations that help conserve our environment and help protect the planet.