Woodland Group Inc., an Applebee’s franchise group that owns the restaurant in McMinnville, delivered a $46,000 check in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.
For the second year in a row, Woodland Group’s 18 Applebee’s locations and their guests have flexed their muscles to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing the group’s two-year total to more than $92,000.
“It’s an honor to support an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children,” said Rocky Hill, vice president of operations for Woodland Group. “This program has made a meaningful impact two years in a row, and we couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated staff and generous guests.”
The MDA Shamrocks campaign — started in 1982 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and taken nationally a year later — raises funds to support MDA’s fight against muscular dystrophy and related diseases, including its programs of research, services, advocacy and education. The program benefits MDA’s nationwide network of some 200 medical clinics, and it helps send thousands of children with muscle diseases to a week of accessible fun at MDA summer camp.
“Some of our team members have had the opportunity to visit the MDA summer camps and see just how beneficial this hard work is,” Hill said. “I think I speak for all of them when I say that it is truly moving to support such a great cause.”
Participating restaurants included Applebee’s in Bowling Green, Ky.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Glasgow, Ky.; Spring Hill; Murfreesboro; Hermitage; Cookeville; Tullahoma; Clarksville; Columbia; Lebanon; McMinnville; Springfield; Dickson; and locations in Nashville at Bellevue, Harding Place, Thompson Lane and Nippers Corner.