Sunday, December 07, 2008
December 6, 9:47 AM
by Kellie Speed, East Coast Restaurants Examiner
The numbers are in and, despite continued economic bad news, Golden Corral and its 485 restaurants nationwide served 322,000 “thank you” dinner buffets and helped raise $727,000 for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) as part of Golden Corral’s eighth annual “Military Appreciation Monday” dinner held Nov. 17.
Donations to the DAV rose more than 10 percent over 2007, bringing total contributions to $3.26 million since the program started in 2001.
“The generosity of our guests is overwhelming,” said Theodore (Ted) M. Fowler, president and CEO of Golden Corral. “It seems people recognized the need of those who were injured serving our country and responded by contributing more than ever.”
For the second year in a row, Golden Corral also included a drive to send greetings to America’s military personnel on active duty overseas. From Sept. 1 until Nov. 17, restaurants collected special postcards with messages of thanks and encouragement for the troops overseas. As a result, more than 52,000 Military Appreciation post cards will be delivered to military troops during the holidays.
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