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 “Toys for Tots” Fundraiser Will Help NJ’s Hardest Hit Communities


(NEWARK, NJ – November 14, 2012) -- To help support the efforts of the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program to bring holiday cheer to those children whose families were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, located at 383 Springfield Ave, Newark,NJ, will hold its Breakfast with Santa at 8:30 AM on Saturday, December 8th.  Advanced reservations are required and a limited number of tickets are available for a $10 per person donation. Children under 2 are admitted free.  Guests receive breakfast compliments of Applebee’s, goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes and will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa (bring a camera).  One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Program and will help brighten the holidays for local families devastated by the recent storm.

Applebee's on Long Island and participating restaurants in New Jersey have raised a combined total of over $2.7 million for “Toys for Tots” over the past 13 years. Dollars raised in each community benefit that local community. To raise additional funds for the U.S. Marine Corps program, Applebee’s is also offering paper “gift packages” for $1 each that will be prominently displayed in the restaurant.

To purchase tickets to Breakfast with Santa, while seats are available, call or stop by Applebee’s in Newark today.  To find an Applebee’s in your neighborhood, visit www.applebees.com.





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Applebee’s ‘Breakfast with Santa’ to Help Restore Holiday Cheer to Storm Victims Families – Saturday, December 8 – Santa returns to Applebee’s for a special breakfast with families and friends at 8:30AM on December 8th. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased for a $10 per person donation at the Newark restaurant. All monies benefit the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program which this year will help bring holiday happiness and hope to those families devastated by Hurricane Sandy.



About Applebee’s

Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory.  Based in Lenexa, KS, 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 Grill & Bar and are a dineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand.


Applebee’s New Jersey Locations
Bergen County: Garfield, Hackensack, Northvale, Paramus  Essex County: Newark  Union County:  Linden, Union (2 locations), Elizabeth Hudson County:  Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen  Passaic County:  Clifton, Totowa  Morris County:  Butler, Dover, East Hanover, Flanders (Mt. Olive), Parsippany  Warren County:  Hackettstown,  Phillipsburg  Hunterdon County:  Flemington  Somerset County:  Bridgewater, Hillsborough  Middlesex County:  Woodbridge, Edison, Milltown, Piscataway  Sussex County:  Newton  Ocean County:  Brick, Forked River (Lacey), Manahawkin, Manchester, Toms River  Monmouth County:  Howell, Manalapan, Wall, Tinton Falls, Ocean Township, Middletown


About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.
Doherty Enterprises, Inc. was established in 1985 and is the 10th largest franchisee in the United States, operating five restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, and two of their own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates 100 restaurants in northern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Tri-State Area” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” (www.DohertyInc.com)


About Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Toys for Tots, a 65 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 7.4 million less fortunate children. Since 1947, over 195 million children have been assisted. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.


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