Knightdale Applebee's Raises More Than $1,200 for Special Blessings

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The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, is serving up a new look and feel at its restaurant on Knightdale Boulevard. It celebrated the unveiling of its revitalized restaurant with a VIP Party on Monday, September 24, 2012. Members of the local community were invited to get a first look at the restaurant’s new appearance while donating more than $1,200 to Special Blessings, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities and their families.

“We are breathing new life into our restaurants, helping our neighborhood teams provide renewed experiences to their guests and communities,” said Michael Olander, CEO of the Apple Gold Group. “We take pride in being a great neighbor in the Knightdale community and we were honored to generate support for Special Blessings during our celebration.”

The restaurant’s revitalized exterior and interior offers a contemporary design with warmer color tones and features specific to the neighborhood. The outer striped awnings have been replaced with oversized, contemporary awnings that elongate the building and highlight the façade. Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Chalk joined the staff on Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the restaurant’s new look.

In the Apple Gold Group spirit of giving back, the Revitalization VIP Party was the perfect opportunity to raise money for Special Blessings. From 5 to 8 p.m., the restaurant closed its doors to host a private party to raise funds for the organization. Neighbors, local business owners and dignitaries in the Knightdale community mingled while enjoying food, drinks and the newly remodeled restaurant.

“We were so touched by the show of support from our community and, most importantly, Applebee’s,” said Roxanne Sinsapaugh, Founder of Special Blessings. “The enthusiasm and professionalism superseded anything we might have imagined and we have never seen such an outpouring of support. We are still overwhelmed by the generosity of so many.”

The Apple Gold Group always strives to achieve the many facets of being a great neighbor by giving back to the communities it serves. Its Flapjack Fundraiser program has proven to be its most successful grassroots fundraising initiative, allowing nonprofit organizations to host a pancake and sausage breakfast at their local Applebee’s to raise funds for their cause. From ticket sales to event-day staff, the breakfasts are managed by the nonprofit organization with the assistance of Applebee’s employee volunteers.

In total, through the Flapjack Fundraiser program and other charitable outreach initiatives, the Apple Gold Group is honored to have helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011. When combined with monies raised in 2009 and 2010, the total impact to local nonprofit organizations is more than $2.8 million to more than 2,500 organizations over the past three years. For more information on the Apple Gold Group and its community outreach efforts, please visit