Stevensville woman wins food prize
Donates meals to families fighting cancer
EASTON — When The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants, recently surprised Stevensville resident Teresa Culver by naming her the winner of the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation’s “Free Applebee’s for a Year” contest, Culver returned the favor by donating the winnings back to ALSF.
“I wanted to give the prize back to the families and their children who are fighting cancer,” said Culver. “When families travel with their children to the hospital for cancer treatment, they have to pay for food while they are away from home. I hope the vouchers financially help these families and they can enjoy a nice meal together. I am thankful to Applebee’s, The Rose Group, and Alex’s Lemonade for their support in making this happen.”
At the conclusion of the 12th annual fundraising campaign, four winners were chosen randomly to receive free Applebee’s for a year from the thousands of individuals who donated. Because of the generosity of community members like Culver, The Rose Group’s local restaurants have been able to raise more than $300,000 in 2016 alone and more than $3 million since 2005 in support of ALSF.
The fundraising campaign is part of a national Applebee’s initiative to raise funds for ALSF and support its fight against pediatric cancer. The 56 local Applebee’s locations operated by The Rose Group, along with Applebee’s restaurants across the nation, hold community events, collect monetary donations, and sponsor food and drink specials throughout each summer. The total donated from Applebee’s locations across the nation has exceeded $7 million since The Rose Group first initiated their support in 2005.
“We’re extremely proud of the outpouring of employee and community support during our 12th annual fundraising campaign, and we’re thoroughly inspired by Teresa Culver’s generosity,” said Jeff Warden, CEO of The Rose Group. “Free Applebee’s for a Year is our chance to give back to those who make this fundraiser such a success, and we couldn’t have imagined such a show of compassion by one of our guests. While we thank ever yone for helping surpass our goal of raising over $3 million for ALSF since 2005, we also extend our most sincere appreciation to Teresa for her continued support.”
The Rose Group is committed to supporting ALSF’s fight to cure pediatric cancer and is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which it operates. In 2015 alone, The Rose Group’s 56 restaurants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware held more than 2,200 events such as Flapjack Fundraisers, Dine to Donate fundraisers, Veterans Day meals, and A is for Applebee’s awards. In partnering with the community, The Rose Group has donated over $1.76 million in funds and in-kind support to community nonprofits and organizations.
From left: Jon Daigrepont (kitchen manager), Jeremy Colombo (Terri’s son who completed the enter-to-win form in her name), Terri Culver and Rob Joseph (general manager).