Jun 29, 2015, 10:57 ET
TAMPA, Fla., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Outback Steakhouse®, long known for supporting United States military service members and their families, expanded its efforts in this area at last weekend's NASCAR race at Sonoma Raceway with the announcement of a quarter of a million dollar donation to Folds of Honor. The announcement also highlighted the debut of a custom, patriotic-themed paint scheme on the No. 4 Folds of Honor/Outback Steakhouse/Budweiser Chevrolet SS piloted by Kevin Harvick during Sunday's race.
"Outback has been a proud supporter of our service men and women for more than 25 years and we're honored to continue to celebrate those who protect our country each and every day," said Jeff Smith, President of Outback Steakhouse. "We're excited to expand our partnership with Folds of Honor this year to help even more families by providing 50 additional educational scholarships to families of true American heroes."
"Since founding Folds of Honor in 2007, Major Dan Rooney has worked tirelessly to give back to families of men and women that have sacrificed so much for our country," said NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. "It was a privilege to work with Outback to represent such a wonderful cause during Sunday's race."
2015 marks the second year of Outback's partnership with Folds of Honor, which gives educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members. This year, Outback has committed to donating $250,000 to the organization, which will provide assistance to 50 families across the nation.
"Outback's generous partnership will help ensure families of fallen military members will have access to education they may otherwise miss out on," said Major Dan Rooney. "It's inspiring to see a company like Outback show its commitment to supporting our armed service members with such a substantial donation. We look forward to continuing this relationship and positively affecting families across the nation."
Along with the increased Folds of Honor partnership and custom paint scheme at last weekend's race, Outback is offering all active or retired military members 15 percent off their entire check through July 4, 2015 (with a valid military ID at participating restaurants). To further honor the sacrifices that service members and their families make, this year Outback is extending the offer to include immediate family members of military personnel.
Whether feeding troops actively serving abroad or feeding heroes as they return home, Outback has been an ardent supporter of military service men and women for more than two decades. Over the past five years alone, Outback has donated more than $3 million to aid military families as service members transitioned out of active duty by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items and financial assistance. For more information on Outback's military efforts, or to learn more about how you can help support Folds of Honor, please visit www.Outback.com/Military.
About Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. For more information, please visit www.outback.com or http://www.facebook.com/outback.
About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 7,500 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,000 in 2014 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.
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