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Restaurant to flip flapjacks for Wounded Warriors

Expanding upon its seven-year Veterans Day tradition of providing free meals
to current and former service members, this year Applebee’s Grill & Bar restaurants in the Greater Washington, D.C., Richmond, Shenandoah Valley and Hampton Roads areas will continue to honor veterans throughout November by hosting a flapjack fundraiser breakfast to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 22.

“As an organization, we believe in going above and beyond to serve those who have made incredible sacrifices for our country,” said Jim Ilaria, CEO of Potomac Family Dining Group, owner and operator of 67 Applebee’s throughout the Mid-Atlantic. “Wounded Warrior Project is a phenomenal organization providing much-needed services to injured veterans and their families, and we are honored to support their services and programs with a pancake breakfast fundraiser at all of our restaurants this November.”

One such program is the Long-Term Support Trust (LTST), which ensures that supplemental services including lifeskills training, home care, transportation, and additional resources can remain available to the seriously wounded, ill, or injured in the event their caregivers are no longer able to provide care and support. Since the LTST’s inception in 2014, WWP has invested more than $65 million in the Trust, which was made possible by generous donors across America. This funding serves as the model for the decades of support WWP is preparing to provide these veterans to ensure they are able to live as rewarding and independent lives as possible. WWP is committed to the long-term support of this generation’s most seriously injured veterans – those with moderate-to-severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other neurological conditions – who, upon the loss of their caregiver, are at risk for institutionalization.

“Applebee’s shares our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” said Jeremy Chwat, chief strategy officer at WWP. “Their generous support provides us with the critical resources we need to provide the 20 free programs and services that make a positive impact in the lives of our nation’s veterans. For that, Applebee’s has our thanks.”

Guests can purchase tickets now for the hearty pancake breakfast for $10 each at their local Applebee’s. The meal includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, and the guest’s choice of drink. Depending on the location, the fundraiser will be held either Saturday, Nov. 21 or Sunday, Nov. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. That day, volunteers will be on hand to serve breakfast to the guests, and in some locations service members, veterans and WWP Alumni will be volunteering as well. Guests should contact their
local restaurant for more information:

  • Prince Frederick, MD - (410) 414-5828
  • California, MD - (301) 862-1573
  • Waldorf, MD - (301) 645-2217
  • La Plata, MD - (301) 539-4945

If guests cannot attend the fundraiser but still would like to donate, they may donate at their table or make a donation directly on the Applebee’s support webpage: www.supportwwp.org/applebees.

If guests or community members would like to volunteer, they can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/WWPFlapjack, or email Courtney Brown at cbrown@potomacdining.com.

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