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LANCASTER, NY On Monday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Lancaster, NY will join forces with members of the Lancaster Fire Department to put out meals, not fires. The event is part of Applebees Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser and will help the firemen and women raise key funds to support the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program. The Explorer program is an initiative for youth ages 14 to 18 and teaches the importance of fire safety and prevention. Making sure that our youth are educated on the importance of fire prevention and safety is an important initiative for the entire community, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. Through the Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser, we hope to provide a fun, family-friendly night for our guests, where they can share a meal while giving back to our local heroes. While at Applebees, local firefighters will greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, customers will have the option to tip the firefighters, which will directly benefit the Explorer program. Many of the firefighters currently stationed at the Lancaster Fire Department participated in Explorer Program.The Tip-A-Firefighter event will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 4967 Transit Road, Depew, New York 14043.To learn more about the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program contact Bryan Asposto at (716) 392-6088 or connora@roadrunner.com.For more on fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 59 restaurant locations.###]]>
BUFFALO, N.Y. T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 59 Applebees restaurants in upstate New York and Connecticut, will continue its ongoing commitment to veterans and active duty military during the month of May for National Military Appreciation Month. Starting Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 31, servicemen and women who dine at participating Applebees restaurants will receive a 10 percent discount on all meals, excluding tax, gratuity, gift cards and other discounts. Applebees will also donate a portion of proceeds from Pepsi soft drink and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy beer sales to The Mission Continues, a national organization that encourages veterans to serve and inspire in their local communities.Military Appreciation Month is the perfect opportunity to build upon our annual Veterans Day celebration and further show our gratitude to those who have served or are serving, said Stephanie Griffin, Director of Marketing for T.L. Cannon Companies.  In addition to offering a discount, we are also excited to support The Mission Continues and their work in helping communities benefit from the strength and expertise of veterans who have served our country and want to continue to make a difference now that they are home. Applebees patrons and military personnel can participate in the Military Appreciation Month offerings throughout the month of May at the following Applebees restaurant locations, Upstate New York: Amherst, Buffalo, Blasdell, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Olean, West Seneca, Williamsville, Greece, Irondequoit, Penfield, Gates, Batavia, Pittsford, Canandaigua, Henrietta, Geneseo, Perinton, Elmira, Binghamton, Vestal, Ithaca, Cortland, Painted Posted, Hornell, Johnstown, Rome, New Hartford, Oneonta, Herkimer, Utica, DeWitt, North Syracuse, Clay, Watertown, Auburn, Camillus, Newburgh, Woodbury, Poughkeepsie, Middleton, Brewster, Kingston, Queensbury, Greenbush, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson. Connecticut: Groton, Mansfield, Orange, Plainville and Torrington.Proof of service is required to receive the 10 percent discount. Acceptable identification includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.Since 2009, Applebees locations nationally have served 4 million free meals to veterans and active duty military members on Veterans Day. Applebees also began recognizing U.S. veterans and active duty military servicemembers in 2011 with the launch of its national Thank You Movement, a program that encourages people to show their appreciation for members of our Armed Forces on Veterans Day. Since launching the program, Applebees has received more than 4.5 million personal thank you messages through the Thank You Movement website. To learn more about how Applebees restaurants in upstate New York and Connecticut, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. About The Mission ContinuesThe Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. Through the Mission Continues, veterans serve their country in new ways by engaging in our innovative and action-oriented programs. Funds raised provide opportunities for veterans to refocus their military skill sets so they can continue serving our country as leaders in their communities.About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 59 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
BUFFALO, N.Y. T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 60 Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in upstate NY and Connecticut, recently celebrated a huge milestone as it raised $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Weve been working toward this goal for years and are absolutely thrilled to have finally reached this significant milestone, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing for T.L. Cannon Companies. Every day, Make-A-Wish gives a child the opportunity to have one of his or her dreams come true. The fact that Applebees has had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful gift is truly humbling. Since 2008, Applebees restaurants across upstate NY and Connecticut have supported Make-A Wish with fundraisers that have granted hundreds of wishes for children with life-threatening diseases. The restaurant chain has done everything from sell Make-A-Wish star magnets to host wish dinners, décor auctions and a variety of other events.  We cant thank Applebees enough for its support and generosity over the last six years, said Mary Hazel, Make-A-Wish Foundation. Its organizations like Applebees that make it possible for us to make wishes a reality for so many children. In addition to reaching the $1 million milestone with Make-A-Wish, Applebees is launching its spring fundraiser to support the Foundation. Applebees restaurants throughout upstate New York and Connecticut are now selling Make-A-Wish wristbands for $2. All proceeds will directly benefit each local Make-A-Wish chapter. About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
BUFFALO, NYAs part of its ongoing effort to thank our nations veterans and active duty servicemembers, Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across the country, including those in upstate New York and Connecticut are encouraging the community to visit www.thankyoumovement.com to say thanks to our military personnel for their service.From now until Veterans DayMonday, November 11the public can visit the Thank You Movement website to show their appreciation. The community that submits the most Thank You messages will be declared the Most Thankful Neighborhood and will receive a free concert from multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw. The winning neighborhood will be announced on Veterans Day, and the concert will be held on a future date. Guests can also submit Thank You messages via www.facebook.com/applebees, @applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube by using #ThankYouMovement. Im happy to be part of the Applebees Thank You Movement and extend my thanks to our servicemembers for all they have done, said Gavin DeGraw. They are the definition of selflessness, dedication, devotion and sacrifice. Please join me in thanking our heroes by sending a Thank You message. Since creating the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces, Applebees has received more than 4.5 million personal Thank You messages through the Thank You Movement website.Were thrilled to have Gavin DeGraw serve in this years Thank You Movement, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We are excited to have our neighbors post their thanks and wont be surprised to hear that Gavin is heading to one of our communities knowing how the community supports those who have served.In what has become an annual neighborhood tradition, Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar will once again invite military servicemen and women to Applebees for a free meal on Veterans Day. Since Applebees first began thanking the military with a free meal, restaurants have served approximately 4 million veterans and active duty military members on their day of remembrance and respect.On Veterans Day only, veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service can choose one free entrée from Applebees Veterans Day Menu:7 oz. House SirloinBacon Cheddar CheeseburgerThree-Cheese Chicken & Sundried Tomato PenneFiesta Lime Chicken®Double Crunch ShrimpChicken Tenders PlatterOriental Chicken SaladGuests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; 2 for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. Applebees Thank You Meals will be offered during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 11. Hours vary by location, so Guests should call their local Applebees restaurant in advance to inquire about specific location hours. Applebees encourages Guests to call their local Applebees or visit www.applebees.com for more information.About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations. ]]>
ALBANY, NY  On Thursday, October 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., student athletes from local high schools will team up with Special Olympics athletes to serve up food and fun at Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants. The event is part of the Athletes and Appleseed fundraiser that the restaurant chain hosts each year.The students and Special Olympics athletes will join staff at the Applebees restaurants to greet customers, bus tables, and serve guests. In return, athletes hope to collect tips from diners to benefit Special Olympics New York, an international organization thatprovides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.  Participating Capital Region restaurants include:Saratoga: 3 Lowes Drive, Saratoga, NY 12866Queensbury: 255 Quaker Road, Queensbury, NY 12804For the last two years, Applebees and the local student athletes have graciously worked with us to raise funds to provide everything from sports equipment to uniforms for thousands of deserving Special Olympics athletes across New York State, said Renee Snyder, vice president of development and public awareness for Special Olympics.  Were looking forward to this years Athletes and Applebees event and we cant wait to serve the Applebees customers. Each year, more than 60,000 athletes in New York State train and compete in 22 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.  Locally, thousands of athletes from the Capital Region participate in training clubs and competitions throughout the year.  Were thrilled to have local students come into our restaurants and work side by side with Special Olympics athletes to raise critical funds for this worthwhile organization, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We encourage everyone to come to the restaurant to participate in the Athletes and Applebees event and be part of this special night.About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  - xxx -]]>
BUFFALO, NYOn Thursday, September 12 during dinner hours (5:00pm 8:30pm), law enforcement officers and local officials will take their oath to serve and protect to a new level, trading in their handcuffs and badges for menus and serving trays. The event is part of Applebees Law and Orders fundraiser and will take place at various Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations throughout upstate New York. Law enforcement from across New York State will join staff at the Applebees restaurants to greet customers, bus tables, and serve guests. In return, officers hope to collect tips from diners to benefit Special Olympics New York and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. ® Participating Applebees restaurant locations include: Amherst: 1641 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst, NY 14228 Brewster: 115 Independent Way, Brewster, NY 10509 Buffalo: 2656 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216 Dunkirk: 3908 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048 Elmira: 877 Country Rd 64, Elmira, NY 14903 Geneseo: 4401 Genesee Valley Plaza, Geneseo, NY 14454 Hamburg: 4405 Milestrip Road, Blasdell, NY 14219 Hornell: 1006 State Route 36, Hornell, NY 14843 Jamestown: 340 East Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 Kingston: 1181 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401 Lancaster: 4967 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043 Lockport: 5822 South Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094 Newburgh: 1205 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550 Niagara Falls: 1608 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 Olean: 3067 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760 Painted Post: 3149 Silverback Lane, Painted Post, NY 14870 Transit: 5107 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 West Seneca: 1050 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224The Torch Run® is a year-round, grassroots fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics program.  Each year, officers carry the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and countries and deliver it to their local, state and national Special Olympics games. Special Olympics is an international, year-round program that provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.  In 2012, Applebees raised more than $39,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics New York, and the LETR program raised more than $1 million statewide. Within the Law Enforcement Torch Run® more than $42 million was raised initiative-wide.About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
BREWSTER, NY Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Brewster, NY. Now through Sunday, September 29 at 8 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurants walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley.Since we began remodeling our restaurants, weve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We want to give customers in the Brewster market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.All bids must be made through the Applebees restaurant manager on-duty by 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours starting Monday, September 30 until Wednesday, October 3.The Applebees décor auction will help make life better for children in Brewster and the surrounding community, said Thomas Conklin, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley. Funds raised through the auction will help grant wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions. We are deeply grateful to Applebees and their customers for their support and generosity. The silent auction will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 115 Independent Way, Brewster, NY 10509. For more information, please call (845) 279-4165.The restaurant will be closed on Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
VESTAL, NY Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Vestal, NY. Now through Friday, September 6, as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurants walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Central New York.Since we began remodeling our restaurants, weve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We want to give customers in the Vestal market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.All bids must be made through the Applebees restaurant manager on-duty by Friday, September 6, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers have until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 to pick up purchased items.The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes of eligible children in our community, said Diane Kuppermann, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Central New York. We thank the Vestal Applebees for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family, to enjoy a great meal and support a worthy cause by bidding high and often on the unique auction items.The silent auction will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 3701 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850. For more information, please call (607) 729-4311.Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decorTo learn more, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
GLENMONT, NY Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Glenmont, NY. Now through Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurants walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit Make-a-Wish Northeast New York.Since we began remodeling our restaurants, weve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We want to give customers in the Glenmont market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.All bids must be made through the Applebees restaurant manager on-duty by 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, and items must be paid for in cash at time of pick-up. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23.The funds raised through this auction will help grant wishes for children in our community, said William C. Trigg, III, Chief Executive Officer of Make-a-Wish Northeast New York. There are lots of great items available at the auction and we hope people will bring their friends and family out to enjoy a meal with loved ones and support Make-A-Wish.The silent auction will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 291 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077. For more information, please call (518) 426-7651.The restaurant will be closed on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
ORANGE, CT Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Orange, CT. Now through Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurants walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish® Connecticut.Since we began remodeling our restaurants, weve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We want to give customers in the Orange market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.All bids must be made through the Applebees restaurant manager on-duty by 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 and items must be paid for in cash at time of pick-up. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10.The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes of eligible children in our community, said Kim Smith, Development Director, Make-A-Wish Connecticut. We thank Applebees for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family out to enjoy a great meal while granting wishes for our kids.The silent auction will take place at the Applebees restaurant located on 526 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 06477. For more information, please call (203) 795-5762.The restaurant will be closed on Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
BUFFALO, N.Y. T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 60 Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in upstate NY and Connecticut, provided more than $2.45 million in fundraising and in-kind support to community nonprofits and organizations in 2012. In recognition of its community-based programs, Applebees Services Inc. presented T.L. Cannon with the 2012 Neighbor of the Year award, which is awarded annually to one franchise group out of 40 in the nation for exemplary community service. This is the second time in six years that T.L. Cannon received the coveted award. In addition to receiving national recognition, T.L. Cannon also earned the New York State Restaurant Associations 2012 Neighbor of the Year award. This is the eighth consecutive year that the franchisee earned the award for outstanding service in communities throughout New York State.Its an honor to be recognized as Neighbor of the Year, and its something that we take very seriously, said Matt Fairbairn, CEO, T.L. Cannon Companies. Our goal is to give back to the communities where we operate by being a good neighbor. From schools to nonprofits, were proud to offer support to these worthy organizations year after year. Applebees supported groups, causes, schools and nonprofits in the following ways in 2012: Flapjack Fundraisers: Offered exclusively to schools, youth sports or youth service organizations, more than 2,200 pancake breakfast fundraisers were held at Applebees restaurants in 2012. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Applebees restaurant locations welcomed groups for pancakes and bacon. Applebees provided the venue, food and beverages for the breakfasts, while the organizations sold tickets and volunteered at the events. Local schools and youth organizations holding Flapjack Fundraisers in 2012 raised more than $1.9 million for their programs.  Law and Orders/Athletes and Applebees for Special Olympics: Throughout 2012, staff at Applebees restaurants teamed up with local law enforcement officers and student athletes to greet and hold doors for guests, serve food and beverages and clear tables. Applebees patrons tipped the officers and students with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics athletes across New York State and Connecticut. More than $39,000 was raised from both fundraising events in 2012. Tip-A-Firefighter: Applebees restaurants in Lancaster and Camillus hosted events where local firemen and women traded in their uniforms to serve customers. Fire personnel greeted and held doors for guests, served food and beverages and cleared tables. Applebees patrons had the option to tip them with proceeds benefiting the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program and the Camillus Volunteer Fire Department. More than $1,000 was raised from Tip-A-Firefighter fundraising events in 2012. Make-A-Wish Fundraisers: Various fundraisers were held at Applebees restaurants to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters in New York State and Connecticut. From hosting wish dinners to the sale of Make-A-Wish star magnets to décor auctions and other events, more than $193,000 was committed to wish kids. Dining to Donate: More than 360 nonprofit organizations held Dining to Donate fundraising events at Applebees restaurants. Organizations booked their events at www.tlcneighborhood.com and distributed Applebees vouchers to their supporters prior to the event. Ten percent of guest checks that accompanied event vouchers were donated back to the charitable nonprofit organizations. Churches, college clubs and other nonprofits took part in Dining to Donate events, raising more than $25,000 in 2012.Applebees also supports education for younger children through the following donation programs:   School Restaurant Tours: Open to elementary grades K-5, schools can bring students in for a tour of Applebees. While at the restaurant, students learn about job duties, teamwork and the importance of a clean work environment. Students, chaperones and teachers can enjoy a price-fixed lunch, and all students receive a Junior Applebuddy certificate with a coupon for a free kids meal for their next visit.  A is for Applebees: An achievement award program, teachers can honor their students achievements, whether for academics, attitude or effort. Teachers can order reward cards for a free kids meal at Applebees. In 2012, more than 10,000 reward cards were donated, worth nearly $11,000. Bookworm Reading Club: Open to students 12 and younger, children can record the books they read on a Bookworm Club card. Once a student reads 10 books, they receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Children also receive a detachable bookmark. Requests must be made by local schools or libraries. In 2012, more than 250,000 kids meals were provided to local students, with a value of nearly $280,000. As an extension of its annual reading-focused rewards program, this summer, T.L. Cannon also partnered with the Salvation Army to encourage kids to give and get an appetite for reading. In total, the restaurant chain donated one ton of books to less fortunate kids.  Cool Credit: An achievement program for students 13-18, Cool Credit allows participating schools to reward deserving students with a free appetizer at Applebees. Schools can award cards to students based on their own criteria from leadership and academics to sportsmanship and attendance. In 2012, schools awarded over 5,000 award cards to students, for a total value of more than $5,000.I also want to give a heartfelt thanks to the managers, wait staff, hostesses and bartenders who work in our restaurants every day. They execute hundreds of fundraisers each year and really are the ones who deserve all the credit. Our people are one of our greatest assets, Fairbairn said. To learn more about how Applebees restaurants in New York and Connecticut support and give back to local communities or participate in these programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358. About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
HENRIETTA, NY On Thursday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Henrietta, NY will join forces with volunteers from the Caledonia Fire Department, as well as other departments, to put out meals, not fires. The event is part of Applebees Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser and will help the firemen and women raise key funds to support the 2013 WNYVFA Convention. This convention will benefit all firemen and women within Western New York. Teaming up with our local heroes to ensure that they are able to attend a convention that will provide additional education on fire safety is an important initiative for the entire community, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. Through the Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser, we hope to provide a fun, family-friendly night for our guests, where they can share a meal while giving back to our local heroes. While at Applebees, firefighters will greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, customers will have the option to tip the firefighters, which will directly benefit the 2013WNYVFA Convention.The Tip-A-Firefighter event will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 3360 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta, New York 14623.To learn more about the WNYVFA 2013 Convention, contact Heather Snyder at (585) 698-0073 or snyderh2034@yahoo.com. The convention will take place in July.For more on fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.   T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
LANCASTER, NY On Tuesday, February 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Lancaster, NY will join forces with members of the Lancaster Fire Department to put out meals, not fires. The event is part of Applebees Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser and will help the firemen and women raise key funds to support the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program. The Explorer program is an initiative for youth ages 14 to 18 and teaches the importance of fire safety and prevention. Teaming up with our local heroes to make sure our youth are educated on the importance of fire safety is an important initiative for the entire community, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. Through the Tip-A-Firefighter fundraiser, we hope to provide a fun, family-friendly night for our guests, where they can share a meal while giving back to our local heroes. While at Applebees, local firefighters will greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, customers will have the option to tip the firefighters, which will directly benefit the Explorer program. Many of the firefighters currently stationed at the Lancaster Fire Department participated in Explorer Program.Every day, we work hard to protect the residents that live, work and play in the Village of Lancaster, said Bryan Asposto, Explorer Post Advisory. Through this fundraiser, we hope to recruit some additional support and teach fire prevention fundamentals. The Tip-A-Firefighter event will take place at the Applebees restaurant located at 4967 Transit Road, Depew, New York 14043.To learn more about the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program contact Bryan Asposto at (716) 392-6088 or connora@roadrunner.com.For more on fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
GREECE, NY Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Greece, NY. Now through Sunday, February 17 at 5 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurants walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.Since we began remodeling our restaurants, weve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams, said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. We want to give customers in the Greece market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.All bids must be made through the Applebees restaurant manager on-duty by 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours on Monday, February 18.The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes for eligible children in our community, said Tracy Gray, Regional Director of Development, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. We thank the Greece Applebees for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family, to enjoy a great meal and support a worthy cause by bidding high and often on the unique auction items.The silent auction will take place at the Greece, NY Applebees restaurant located on 200 Paddy Creek Circle, Greece, NY 14615. For more information, please call (585) 581-0803.The restaurant will be closed on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebees, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebees/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.   T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.###]]>
SCHENECTADY, NY –Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Schenectady, NY. Now through Sunday, February 3 at 8 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurant’s walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Northeast New York. “Since we began remodeling our restaurants, we’ve had hundreds of patrons come in and purchase memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “We want to give customers in the Schenectady market an opportunity to join the fun and take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.” All bids must be made through the Applebee’s restaurant manager on-duty by 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers can pick up purchased items during business hours starting Monday, February 4 until Wednesday, February 6. “The funds raised through this auction will help grant wishes for children in our community,” said William C. Trigg, III, Chief Executive Officer of Make-a-Wish Northeast New York. “There are lots of great items available at the auction and we hope people will bring their friends and family out to enjoy a meal with loved ones and support Make-A-Wish.” The silent auction will take place at the Schenectady, NY Applebee’s restaurant located on 2400 Cambridge Rd., Schenectady, NY 12304. For more information, please call (518) 346-4455. The restaurant will be closed on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, Tuesday, February 12 while the final touches are added to the new look, re-opening at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13. Once complete, the restaurant interior will include customized wall murals that reflect the neighborhood including local schools, sports teams and community organizations. The refreshed restaurant will also feature state-of-the-art flat screen televisions and updated wall coverings and decor. The exterior will feature new awnings, lighting and updated signage. For more fundraising opportunities with Applebee’s, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebee’s/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358.   T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations. ###]]>
BUFFALO, N.Y. – T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 60 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across upstate New York and Connecticut, is continuing its tradition of thanking the millions of U.S. veterans and active duty military for their service to our country. On Veterans Day – Sunday, November 11 – current and former servicemen and women are invited to come to Applebee’s for a great meal and heartfelt “thanks”… absolutely free. On Veterans Day only, veterans and those on active duty with proof of United States military service can choose one free entrée from Applebee’s Veterans Day Menu: o 7-ounce House Sirloin o Bacon Cheeseburger o Three Cheese Chicken Penne o Chicken Tenders Platter o Oriental Chicken Salad o Fiesta Lime Chicken® o Double Crunch Shrimp Additionally, the first 500 military personnel to visit their neighborhood Applebee’s restaurant will receive a commemorative “thank you” lapel pin. Pins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. “Every day, thousands of brave men and women risk their lives for our freedom, and Veterans Day is the perfect time to pause and thank those who’ve fought and continue to fight for our country,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “Applebee’s started this tradition of serving free meals to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day four years ago and since then, it’s really become a day in our restaurants that the entire community looks forward to. We’re honored to serve these brave men and women and hope to continue this tradition for years to come.” All Applebee’s locations across upstate New York and Connecticut will participate, including: New York State: Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Amherst, Lockport, North Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, West Seneca, Gates, Pittsford, Irondequoit, Greece, Fairport, Webster, Batavia, Canandaigua, Geneseo, Hornell, Henrietta, DeWitt, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Watertown, Auburn, Camillus; Elmira, Vestal, Ithaca, Cortland, Painted Post, Binghamton, Johnstown, Rome, New Hartford, Oneonta, Herkimer, Utica, Newburgh, Central Valley, Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Brewster, Kingston, Queensbury, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson; Connecticut: Plainville, Groton, Torrington, Orange, Willimantic, and Manchester. Applebee’s restaurants across the country served more than 1 million free meals on Veterans Day 2011. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Applebee’s restaurants have served more than 3 million veterans and active duty military. Additional details about Veterans Eat Free: Guests will need to provide proof of service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation. Offer is valid for dine-in only. Traditional sides are included with free entrees; 2 for $20 appetizers, upgraded side items or extras, beverages, desserts and gratuity are not included. To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in New York and Connecticut support and give back to local communities, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebee’s/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358. About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
BUFFALO, N.Y. – T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 60 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants across upstate New York and Connecticut, is teaming up with The Salvation Army to encourage children to ‘give and get’ an appetite for reading this summer through its “Summer Reading Challenge.” Kids and their parents who drop off a new book into The Salvation Army barrels at Applebee’s restaurants in upstate New York and Connecticut receive a bookmark AND a special Applebee’s Bookworm Club card featuring a free Oreo Cookie sundae coupon, redeemable on their next visit. Once kids 10 and under read and record 10 books on their Bookworm Club Card, they will also receive a free kid’s meal. The book drive runs through the months of July and August. The goal is to collect more than one ton of books in upstate New York and Connecticut and distribute more than 230,000 Bookworm Club Reading Cards through area library summer reading programs and at restaurants during the “Summer Reading Challenge” timeframe.   “At Applebee’s, we view reading as fundamental for success,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “Through this book drive and our Bookworm Club Reading Program we hope to have kids embrace summer reading and share their love of books with those who are less fortunate.” In a report titled: “What Kids Are Reading: The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools,” Renaissance Learning Inc. studied book-reading records for the 2010-2011 academic year. Their research found that among 2.6 million students in grades one through 12, 65 percent of eighth graders do not meet grade level expectations in reading. And the average reading level of teens in grades 9 through 12 is 5.3 -- barely above the fifth grade. “Making books more accessible to individuals in our neighborhoods will help improve community literacy," said Major Thomas Applin of The Salvation Army. "Through this partnership with Applebee's, we're hoping to collect as many books as our collection barrels can hold. Our goal is simple—to make book ownership a reality for underprivileged children and adults so they learn to read, continue reading, and open their minds to a world of learning possibilities.” Applebee’s locations across upstate New York and Connecticut will participate in the book drive, including: New York State-Williamsville, Niagara Falls, Amherst, Lockport, North Buffalo, Depew, Blasdell, Lakewood, Cheektowaga, Dunkirk, Olean, West Seneca, Gates, Pittsford, Irondequoit, Greece, Fairport, Webster, Batavia, Canandaigua, Geneseo, Hornell, Henrietta, DeWitt, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Watertown, Auburn, Camillus; Elmira, Vestal, Ithaca, Cortland, Painted Post, Binghamton, Johnstown, Rome, New Hartford, Oneonta, Herkimer, Utica, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Brewster, Kingston, Queensbury, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glenmont, Latham and Hudson; Connecticut- Plainville, Groton, Torrington, Orange, Willimantic, and Manchester. Individuals who do not wish to donate a book but would like to participate in Applebee’s Bookworm Club can find cards at participating schools and libraries across upstate New York and Connecticut. Parents can also download the card online at, www.tlcneighborhood.com. The Bookworm Club is a reading-focused reward program that encourages students to record the books they’re reading on Bookworm Club cards. After reading 10 books, kids are rewarded with a free kid’s meals, with the purchase of an adult entrée. To learn more about how Applebee’s restaurants in upstate New York and Connecticut are supporting youth-based programs, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebee’s/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358. About T.L. Cannon Companies T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations.  ###]]>
DUNKIRK, NY –Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Dunkirk, NY. Now through Sunday, March 18 at 5 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurant’s walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter to help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. “Every day, patrons come into our restaurants and admire the memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “This auction allows our customers to take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.”All bids must be made through the Applebee’s restaurant manager on-duty by 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers have until Monday, March 19 to pick up purchased items.“The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes for eligible children in our community,” said Tracy Gray, Regional Director of Development, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. “We thank the Dunkirk Applebee’s for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family, to enjoy a great meal and support a worthy cause by bidding high and often on the unique auction items.”The silent auction will take place at the Applebee’s restaurant located on 3908 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048. For more information, please call (716) 366-6700.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebee’s, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebee’s/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://www.wny.wish.org                                      T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 61 restaurant locations.###]]>
LANCASTER, NY –On Tuesday, February 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Lancaster, NY will join forces with members of the Lancaster Fire Department to put out meals, not fires. The event is part of Applebee’s “Tip-A-Firefighter” fundraiser and will help the firemen and women raise key funds to support the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program. The Explorer program is an initiative for youth ages 14 to 18 and teaches the importance of fire safety and prevention. “Teaming up with our local heroes to make sure our youth are educated on the importance of fire safety is an important initiative for the entire community,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “Through the ‘Tip-A-Firefighter’ fundraiser, we hope to provide a fun, family-friendly night for our guests, where they can share a meal while giving back to the Lancaster Fire Department.” While at Applebee’s, local firefighters will greet customers, bus tables and serve guests. In return, customers will have the option to tip the firefighters, which will directly benefit the Explorer program. Many of the firefighters currently stationed at the Lancaster Fire Department participated in Explorer Program.“Every day, we work hard to protect the more than 12,000 residents that live, work and play in the Village of Lancaster,” said Bryan Asposto, Explorer Post Advisory. “Through this fundraiser, we hope to recruit some additional support and teach fire prevention fundamentals.” The Tip-A-Firefighter event will take place at the Applebee’s restaurant located at 4967 Transit Road, Depew, New York 14043.To learn more about the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Program contact Bryan Asposto at (716) 392-6088 or connora@roadrunner.com.For more on fundraising opportunities with Applebee’s, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com.                                       T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 61 restaurant locations.###]]>
ROCHESTER, NY –Celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia are among dozens of items that customers can bid on at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Irondequoit, NY. Now through Sunday, February 12 at 5 p.m., as the restaurant prepares for its upcoming remodel, items that currently adorn the restaurant’s walls will be up for auction. All proceeds will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter to help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. “Every day, patrons come into our restaurants and admire the memorabilia that pay homage to their favorite stars and local teams,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “This auction allows our customers to take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.”All bids must be made through the Applebee’s restaurant manager on-duty by 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, and items must be paid for in cash. Customers have until Monday, February 13 to pick up purchased items.“The money raised through this auction will help grant wishes for eligible children in our community,” said Tracy Gray, Regional Director of Development, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. “We thank the Irondequoit Applebee’s for their support and encourage all members of our community to bring their friends and family, to enjoy a great meal and support a worthy cause by bidding high and often on the unique auction items.”The silent auction will take place at the Irondequoit, NY Applebee’s restaurant located on 1683 East Ridge Road, Irondequoit, NY 14622. For more information, please call (585) 339-9750.For more fundraising opportunities with Applebee’s, visit www.tlcneighborhood.com. To view and subscribe to more news from Applebee’s/T.L. Cannon, visit http://www.pitchfeed.com/tlcannonapplebees/9358. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://www.wny.wish.org                                      T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 61 restaurant locations.###]]>
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