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Monies raised for Make-A-Wish

BLASDELL — T.L. Cannon Companies, the franchisee for 60 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in Upstate New York and Connecticut, raised $1 million for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Western New York Applebee’s restaurants raised more than $214,000 for that organization.

“We’ve been working toward this goal for years and are absolutely thrilled to have finally reached this significant milestone,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing for T.L. Cannon Companies.

“Every day, Make-A-Wish gives a child the opportunity to have one of his or her dreams come true. The fact that Applebee’s has had the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful gift is truly humbling.”

These Applebee’s restaurants have supported the Make-A Wish Foundation since 2008.

Fundraisers have granted hundreds of wishes for children with life-threatening diseases.

The restaurant chain has also sold Make-A-Wish star magnets, hosted “wish dinners,” held décor auctions and more.

“We can’t thank Applebee’s and its customers enough for their support and generosity,” said Mary Hazel, development manager for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.

“It’s organizations like Applebee’s that make it possible for us to make wishes a reality for so many deserving children,” she added.

In addition to reaching the $1 million milestone with Make-A-Wish, Applebee’s is launching its spring fundraiser to support the foundation.

Applebee’s restaurants throughout Upstate New York are now selling Make-A-Wish wristbands. All proceeds will directly benefit each local Make-A-Wish chapter.

The local area Applebee’s restaurant may be found at 4405 Milestrip Road in Blasdell.

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