Ap­ple­bee’s fundraiser nets over $275,000 for foun­da­tion

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - COMMUNITY - — Sub­mit­ted by Steve McG­lynn

Re­cently, Ap­ple­bee’s Neigh­bor­hood Grill plus Bar lo­ca­tions in Montgomeryville (owned and op­er­ated by The Rose Group) teamed up to raise more than $275,000 for Alex’s Le­mon­ade Stand Foun­da­tion (ALSF) dur­ing their an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign and over $3 mil­lion since the in­cep­tion of this fundraiser 13 years ago. This fundraiser is now a national ini­tia­tive for Ap­ple­bee’s restau­rants aimed to raise money and aware­ness of child­hood can­cer causes. Ap­ple­bee’s restau­rants sur­passed their $1 mil­lion goal and raised more than $1.3 mil­lion for the foun­da­tion this year.

Fundrais­ing ef­forts at Montgomeryville area Ap­ple­bee’s lo­ca­tions in­cluded do­nat­ing $.25 of each Sum­mer Squeeze, Le­mon­ade Quencher, frozen or fla­vored le­mon­ade sold dur­ing the cam­paign. They also sold lemon-shaped pin-up cards in $1 and $5 in­cre­ments. Guests that do­nated $5 or more were au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered to win a Free Ap­ple­bee’s for a Year prize pack­age.

PHO­TOS SUB­MIT­TED BY STEVE MCG­LYNN

Clock­wise from head of the ta­ble: Liz Scott, co-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Alex’s Le­mon­ade Stand Foun­da­tion and Alex’s mom; Cathi Chuck, The Rose Group; Char­lie, Ap­ple­bee’s em­ployee; Christina Chap­man, mom of Child­hood Can­cer Hero Leah, who passed in 2009; Lisa Met­zger, mom of Caro­line, a Child­hood Can­cer Hero; Caro­line Met­zger, child­hood can­cer sur­vivor and hero; Dr. Karen Bride, Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Philadel­phia physi­cian and re­searcher funded by ALSF.

Left to Right: Lisa Met­zger, mom of Caro­line, a Child­hood Can­cer Hero; and Caro­line Met­zger, child­hood can­cer sur­vivor and hero.

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