HOUSTON, Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tilman Fertitta, chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry's, Inc. surprised the Gary Sinise Foundation with a $137,500 check to support America's active military, veterans and their families on Wednesday, February 8, during the 12th Annual Landry's, Inc. Leadership Conference at Golden Nugget Las Vegas. In front of more than 800 of the company's executives and managers, Fertitta presented the check on-stage to the foundation's founder Gary Sinise.
In celebration of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.'s 20th anniversary, the restaurant held a nationwide fundraising campaign where beard cutouts were available for $1 at all 28 locations nationwide. The Forrest Gump-themed restaurant partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation and Mountain Dew Kickstart for the official "Run Forrest Run" beard cutout campaign from May 26 – December 31, 2016.
"We are honored to present this check for $137,500 to support our nation's heroes and the Gary Sinise Foundation," said Fertitta. "We want to also thank our loyal Bubba Gump fans and everyone's efforts to support such a worthy cause. These brave men and women are the real 'Lieutenant Dans' of today's world and should be recognized for their sacrifices."
After purchasing the cutouts, guests were encouraged to take a photo with their beards and share on the restaurant's social media channels using hashtags #ForTheRealLt.Dans and #BubbaGumpTurns20.
Launched in 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation supports America's active military, veterans and their families through a variety of special programs, including the Building for America's Bravest program that builds custom homes for severely wounded veterans and the Invisible Spirit Festivals, a day-long celebration that is intended to boost morale at military medical centers across the United States.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is committed to the local communities it serves, supporting several nonprofit organizations throughout its 20 years. Since opening its first location in Monterey in 1996, Bubba Gump has organized hundreds of community initiatives across the country, which includes assembling care packages and organizing supply drives for soldiers overseas.
For more information, visit www.bubbagump.com. Follow Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on social media channels – Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc., @BubbaGumpCo, and @officialbubbagump.
ABOUT LANDRY'S, INC.
Landry's, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry's Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Mitchell's Fish Market Restaurants, Morton's The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro's Restaurants. Landry's also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Willie G's and others; along with popular New York BR Guest Restaurants such as Dos Caminos, Strip House and Bill's Bar & Burger. Landry's gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. Landry's entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.
ABOUT GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
Launched in 2011, the Foundation honors its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, please visit www.garysinisefoundation.org.
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