Doherty Enterprises Raises More Than $200,000 for Annual Toys for Tots® Campaign

Industry: Travel & Leisure

This marks the 24th anniversary of Doherty’s commitment to Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood® through its Applebee’s® restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Georgia

Allendale, NJ (PRUnderground) March 8th, 2023

Today, Doherty Enterprises announced it raised more than $200,000 in support of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots® Program  at its Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants in New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, and on Long Island, NY.  The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots® Program distributes new toys to underprivileged children each year during the holiday season.

Doherty-owned Applebee’s locations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York raise funds annually for the Toys for Tots® Foundation. This year, through the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, donations will be used to purchase new toys for area families in need.

“At each of our Applebee’s restaurants our goal is to have a lasting, positive impact on the neighborhoods we serve, and the results of this annual initiative encompass the hope in the community,” said Kurt Pahlitzsch, Vice President of Operations at Doherty Enterprise. “The Toys for Tots program allows us to help underserved children in the local communities we work in, and every year we’re honored to do our part, in partnership with our guests, to give back to these children and their families.”

The fundraising campaign, which ran from November 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023, included donations from the purchase of holiday-inspired cocktails, as well as “paper gift” donations that were hung throughout the restaurants. Guests also had the opportunity to “round up” the totals on their meal checks or make separate cash donations to help show their support for the cause.

Since 1998, Doherty Enterprises has raised more than $5 million through its Toys for Tots campaign at participating Applebee’s restaurants to benefit local communities.

About Applebee’s®

As one of the world’s largest casual dining brands, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America’s kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee’s makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it’s in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood™ is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee’s is always Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood®. Applebee’s® franchise operations consisted of 1,680 Applebee’s® restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of March 1, 2023. This number does not include seven domestic Applebee’s ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 15 Applebee’s international ghost kitchens. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 140 restaurants in New Jersey & New York, including six restaurant concepts: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, JINYA Ramen Bar and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 14 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 80th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation’s Restaurant News, the 70th largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business, and 24th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,000 people and donated over $5.5 million directly back to those in need. (

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