The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille announced the launch of its 13th annual “Tips for Tots” initiative on Wednesday, December 12. Last year, The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille raised $88,126, bringing the total raised over the past 12 years to $421,830.

Employees at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille’s 44 participating locations will donate 100 percent of the tips they earn on Wednesday, December 12 to Toys for Tots across communities in Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Greene Turtle Franchising Corporation will add a matching $500 donation for each participating location that earns $1,000 in tips. With the money that each of the 44 participating locations raises, the restaurant’s employees will shop at local stores to buy toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

“The Greene Turtle is thrilled to continue our ‘Tips for Tots’ initiative this year in partnership with our incredibly giving employees,” says Bob Barry, CEO of The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. “We invite everyone to come out and dine with us on December 12 to join The Greene Turtle family in making an even greater impact on the community and help those in need during the holiday season.”

“Tips for Tots” was the selfless idea of Corlie Brice, a bartender at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in Salisbury, Maryland, in 2006. She arrived for her shift and noticed a sign on the neighboring business, designating it as a Toys for Tots drop-off site. She decided to use whatever tips she took in during her shift to purchase toys for the program. Additionally, she enlisted her fellow employees and publicized her intentions to guests coming into the restaurant to increase the potential donation. That evening, she and fellow bartender, Chris Tingle, took in $700. Since then, the initiative has grown to include 44 locations in eight markets and has raised over $421,000.

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