An Appetite Big Enough to Feed an Army - Applebee’s Supports the New Jersey Army National Guard
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 05:59 PM EDT
1,000 Guards Personnel and families celebrate Fort Dix Family Day
Doherty Enterprises, Inc., the 10th largest franchisee and operator of New Jersey Applebee’s restaurants, recently sponsored and participated in the Fort Dix Family Day held on Sunday, August 11. Nearly a thousand guardsmen and women and their families, comprising of the 50th Chemical Company and the 154th Water Company of the New Jersey Army National Guard, celebrated together.
The154th Water Company of Sea Girt, New Jersey, was relocated to Fort Dix after their location was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Units from Forked River, Tom’s River, Manchester and Manahawkin pulled together with volunteer assistance to ensure a memorable meal. The Home Depot of Manahawkin donated all utensils, charcoal and even the use of a van to transport all necessary items. Pine Belt Chevrolet of Tom’s River donated additional bags of charcoal to keep the food donated by Applebee’s piping hot. Volunteers including Linda Pagan and Marie Pillar donated their organizational skills.
“Today’s celebration was a happy day for Applebee’s because it is not every day we get to feed honored members of the New Jersey Army National Guard along with their families,” says Kevin Coughlin, Director of Operations for Applebee’s New Jersey. “We are grateful for their appreciation and will display their token of gratitude with pride.”
Community involvement is an important part of the Doherty Enterprises’ mission---to WOW the community and striving to do this daily by providing sponsorships, donations, school programs, and participating in events that honor the respected men, women and families who sacrifice daily for America, are considered meaningful activities.
Photo Caption: Volunteers from Applebee’s feed members of the New Jersey Army National Guard at the Fort Dix Family Day celebrated on Sunday August 11, 2013.
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, 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.
Applebee’s New Jersey Locations
Bergen County: Garfield, Hackensack, Northvale, Paramus Essex County: Newark Union County: Linden, Union (2 Locations) 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.
Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 70th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and is the 10th largest franchisee in the United States by Nations Restaurant News, operating seven restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, Noodles & Company, 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 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.” (www.DohertyInc.com)