O’Charley’s announced that with the support of its guests the classic American restaurant has donated $91,663 to The Folded Flag Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and educational support grants to families of fallen soldiers. O’Charley’s executives gathered last night in the hometown of Nashville with The Folded Flag Foundation executive director and scholarship recipients to celebrate the generosity of its patrons and the partnership’s success. O’Charley’s and the Folded Flag Foundation presented the three recipients in attendance with commemorative wooden boxes filled with thank you cards from the O’Charley’s staff as well as O’Charley’s gift cards.
Starting in September, O’Charley’s committed to raising up to $75,000 for United States military and their families by donating $0.25 for every 22-ounce beer sold through Veteran’s Day Weekend to The Folded Flag Foundation. Through commitment from the restaurant teams and additional guest donations, O’Charley’s was able to exceed its initial goal and raise an additional $16,663 for The Folded Flag Foundation. The O’Charley’s located in Ashland, Kentucky, was the company leader in donations, raising more than $3,500.
“The Folded Flag Foundation’s mission is one that is important to O’Charley’s,” Eddie Hall, O’Charley’s president, says. “We understand the sacrifice not only these fallen soldiers have made for our country, but their families as well. We continue to be committed to giving back to the military and we know The Folded Flag Foundation is something our guests will be honored to support.”
One hundred percent of all donations given to The Folded Flag Foundation go directly to the families of U.S. soldiers who have died during combat operations in the form of scholarships and grants. The Folded Flag Foundation is making a difference by ensuring the children of our service members are on a successful path towards college. Thanks to the organization’s hard work and generous supporters, The Folded Flag Foundation awarded 44 educational grants for the 2016—2017 academic year, totaling $365,000 in scholarships to students in need.
“We are overwhelmed by O’Charley’s’ generosity and want to thank them for all that they do to support our military and their families,” says John Coogan, executive director at The Folded Flag Foundation. “We’re so grateful to the O’Charley’s team and its guests for recognizing our cause and helping us make a difference in the lives of military families.”
O’Charley’s has a longstanding history of honoring our military and their families and encouraging community involvement thanks to initiatives like its Hometown Hero program which has honored more than 160 military individuals to date. In addition to this partnership, O’Charley’s celebrated Veterans Day this year by once again offering veterans and active duty service members a free meal on Veterans Day in addition to giving away gift cards to veterans on social media. O’Charley’s also offers a 10 percent discount to military all year long.