Stevensville wo­man wins food prize

Do­nates meals to fam­i­lies fight­ing cancer

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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).

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