RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, Nov. 15, Golden Corral welcomed over 375,000 of the nation's active duty troops and military veterans into its restaurants and served a free "thank-you" meal in honor of their service and sacrifice to our country.
This was the 10th annual event in which Golden Corral welcomed America's heroes to gather at its restaurants to share experiences, create new friendships, and enjoy a complimentary hearty home cooked meal with one another. In addition, the Golden Corral restaurants hosted local Disabled American Veterans chapters across the country with their major fundraising event for the year.
This year's event raised a record $1,001,734 through donations which was given directly to the local DAV Chapters to serve the needs of Disabled Veterans in the local communities that Golden Corral operates in across the country.
"This is the largest fundraising event our local DAV chapters participate in each year. I cannot thank the guests and Golden Corral enough for their generosity. These donations make a tremendous difference in improving the often challenging lives of those who live with disabilities as a result of their honorable service to our country" said Wally Tyson, National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans.
Golden Corral has served over 2,866,342 free "thank-you" meals and helped raise over $5,088,670 for the DAV since 2001 as part of its annual "Military Appreciation Monday" recognition.
"It is gratifying to see the operators and employees of our system work together to serve those who served our country and to achieve a significant milestone of raising over $1 million dollars in a single evening for the DAV. This event each year allows us to demonstrate our respect, gratitude and admiration for these impressive individuals," said Ted Fowler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Corral.
Golden Corral enlisted Gary Sinise, celebrated actor/director, and Collective Soul, the platinum award-winning band, to record public service announcements for Military Appreciation Monday. Sinise and Collective Soul are all actively involved in supporting active-duty and retired military personnel through a variety of organizations and initiatives including tours to military installations overseas.
"The number of meals given away and amount of money donated in the past ten years really distinguishes Golden Corral's commitment to the military. I'm proud and happy to help raise awareness for Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday," said Gary Sinise.
Disabled Veteran Americans (DAV)
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose--building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families. For more information, visit the organization's Web site at www.dav.org.
Golden Corral Corporation
Golden Corral currently has 485 restaurants in 41 states. Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Golden Corral has served over 2.8 Million free "thank-you meals and helped raise over $5 Million dollars for the DAV since 2001 as part of its annual "Military Appreciation Monday" recognition. For more information on Military Appreciation Monday, please visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.
SOURCE Golden Corral Corporation