Toys for Tots Receive $305,000 Check from Applebee's Breakfast with Santa Campaign

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar Raises Over $305,000 for USMC’s Toys for Tots.

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February 2, 2015 - Representatives of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar present a check for $305,135 to the U.S. Marines Corps in support of its annual Toys for Tots program. The money was raised during Applebee’s annual Breakfast with Santa events, of which one-hundred percent of the proceeds went towards helping to brighten the holidays of underprivileged children in local communities.
 
Over the past 16 years, Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in New Jersey and on Long Island have raised more than $3.5 million for the Toys for Tots initiative, helping to spread holiday cheer to over 230,000 deserving children.
 
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots, a 66 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 6.8 million less fortunate children in 762 communities nationwide.  Since 1947 over 222 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
 
About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.
Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 68th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and the 12th  largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, operating eight restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, Noodles & Company, IHOP, and two of their own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. In 2014, Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Doherty Enterprises as the 87th largest U.S. Foodservice revenue company, up from 100 in 2013.
 
To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates over 140 restaurants in northern, southern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island – and now in Florida and Georgia. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” 
 
The Applebee’s Brand
Applebee’s is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 16 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Lenexa, Kan., Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Services, Inc., and its affiliates franchise and operate restaurants under Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill and are a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand.
 
In New Jersey, Applebee’s is located in Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.
 
On Long Island, Applebee’s is located in Nassau County:  Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and Westbury and in Suffolk County: Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Huntington, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley.
 
Pictured: Karan Madan, manager, Hillsborough Applebee’s, Jeffery Cuttle, general manager, Hillsborough Applebee’s, First Sergeant Christopher A. Piazza, United States Marine Corps, David DiBartolo, vice president of operations, Applebee’s, Jim Pelliciari, area director, Applebee’s.