On November 12, for the 18th consecutive year, Golden Corral restaurants across the country will once again thank more than 300,000 active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while also raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started in 2001 to celebrate our nation’s heroes, Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Night has served 5.4 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $14 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.
“Our employees and franchisees are passionate about supporting our military service men and women, and we believe thanking them with a free dinner buffet is one way to show our gratitude for their service,” says Lance Trenary, president and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Corral. “Along with the generous support from our guests and suppliers, we are honored to have raised more than $14 million for DAV over the past 17 years, and we look forward to adding to that total again this year.”
Golden Corral will serve free dinner buffets with a beverage from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 12 to any person who is or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves. State and local DAV representatives will be on-site at all Golden Corral locations coordinating the collection of donations from customers. While only current and former United States military personnel qualify for the free meal, everyone is encouraged to come out and show support for our veterans.
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