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Applebee’s Aims to Raise $145,000 for Kids Battling Critical Illnesses


April 02, 2018

Applebee’s annual fundraising to take place throughout April


Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Grill & Bar, is excited to kick off its annual Make-A-Wish® South Carolina fundraising campaign. The fundraiser will take place from April 1 to April 30 in participating Apple Gold Group restaurants throughout South Carolina.

“Being able to grant a child’s wish and see the happiness it brings is a special gift and we are thankful to be a small part of the process,” said Michael Olander, President and CEO of Apple Gold Group. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Make-A-Wish South Carolina and hope that each community will come out to help us surpass our goal this year.”

Wish Cards will be available for purchase by guests dining at any of Applebee’s South Carolina locations. Proceeds from the Wish Cards will help grant wishes for children in the Carolinas who are battling critical illnesses. The end goal is over $145,000, which is about 19 wishes for local children that help provide renewed energy and hope to kids when they need it most.  As a thank you, each Wish Card is good for $10 in Applebee’s discounts.

“We are deeply grateful to Applebee’s for its steadfast and very generous support of Make-A-Wish South Carolina’s important mission to children.  Together, we are transforming lives. From ownership and senior leadership to the frontline associates in the stores, Applebee’s embodies the spirit of hope and joy of the Make-A-Wish vision.” said Bill Tiller, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. “Because of the charitable investments made by Applebee’s, its associates and its customers, more kids in South Carolina will have a wish to help them find purpose, joy and relief in a time when those feel less than abundant.  We value and appreciate our partnership with Applebee’s and Apple Gold Group.”

The Apple Gold Group’s Make-A-Wish campaign is a continued extension of the company’s ongoing community outreach efforts.  For more information on Apple Gold Group and its community outreach, please visit

For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit

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Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 184 wishes last year, averaging to a wish every forty-eight hours.  The chapter receives funding through private donations, individuals, companies and special events. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit and discover ways you can help make wishes come true.


The Apple Gold Group, one of the original five Applebee’s Franchisees, was founded in 1984 to develop and operate Applebee's restaurants in North Carolina, opening its first Neighborhood Grill and Bar in North Carolina in 1985. Since then, the company has expanded its territory to include Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and most recently, Kentucky and Indiana and currently operates 133 restaurants in those seven states. The Apple Gold Group strives to be a recognized leader in both the casual dining industry and in local charitable fundraising. For more information on the Apple Gold Group, please visit

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225 South Pleasantburg Drive C17
Greenville, SC  29607

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Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
Toll Free (800) 293-9474