NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Waffle Week and its 59-year heritage, Waffle House restaurants will partner with the United Service Organizations (USO) to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families.
On September 5, 1955, two neighbors, WWII veterans Joe Rogers, Sr., and Tom Forkner, opened the first Waffle House restaurant in Avondale Estates, GA. In honor of the founders and US troops everywhere, Waffle House restaurants is donating 10 cents of every waffle sold on Friday September 5, 2014, nationwide.
Since its establishment in 1941, the USO has been dedicated to lifting the spirits of our nation's troops and their families. The USO accomplishes this mission by delivering valued programs, morale-boosting services and engaging entertainment that help them feel appreciated for their service. From providing No-Dough dinners to military families right before their payday to celebrating birthdays with troops far from home, today's USO remains a home away from home for the men and women who serve the United States.
"Waffle House is proud to back such a worthy cause," said Waffle House President and CEO Walt Ehmer. "We encourage all of our regulars in the Waffle Nation to stand with us and support the USO."
"We are excited that Waffle House has chosen the USO as their way to show support for our men and women in uniform and their families," said Christy Hartsell, USO Vice President of Corporate Alliances. "Their generous contribution will help us continue our mission of improving the lives of the troops and military families who sacrifice so much for our country."
In addition to supporting the USO, Waffle House customers can enjoy one free topping with the purchase of a waffle during National Waffle Week, August 31-September 6.
For more information about the USO or to make a donation, please visit https://secure.uso.org/donateWaffleHouse/
About Waffle House® restaurants
Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Waffle House® restaurants have been serving Good Food Fast® since 1955. Today the Waffle House system operates more than 1,750 restaurants in 25 states and is the world's leading server of waffles, T-bone steaks, hashbrowns, cheese 'n eggs, country ham, pork chops, and grits.
Waffle House, Inc. launched National Waffle Week in honor of the crisp, round, golden treat known as the waffle. Waffle House waffles are made with sweet cream or buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, and pure Pioneer Flour. In the past 58 years, Waffle House has sold more than 890 million waffles to become the world's leading server of waffles.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
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