Applebee’s Grill + Bar is a veteran-friendly restaurant chain that is known for serving delicious lunch and dinner meals. But that changed on Dec. 28 when their Vallejo location partnered with American Legion Manuel L. Quezon Post 603 to serve breakfast while raising money for a good cause.
This was the first time Post 603 has hosted a Flapjack Fundraiser, a www.Applebees.com program to allow groups to use a restaurant during non-operating hours.
“We are very grateful to Applebee’s for the win-win fundraising partnership because the $10 tickets were reasonable and we did not have to pay for a separate venue nor catering costs,” said Arles DeMayo, Post 603 commander.
De Mayo later presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Applebee's which read, "We are grateful to Applebee’s of Vallejo for today’s fundraising breakfast because the proceeds will be used for honoring veterans during our Post 603’s 75th anniversary celebration in March 2020. We also thank Applebee’s for serving over 10,000,000 complimentary meals nationwide to honor our servicemembers and veterans on every Veterans Day since 2008. We are sincerely appreciative of Applebee’s loyalty, dedication and respect for all current and former members of the United States Armed Forces, for our families and friends, and for our great nation."
Chartered on March 31, 1945, Post 603 has honored more than 1,700 veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Cold War, Montford Point Marines and Purple Heart Medal recipients with certificates of appreciation and/or medals from the U.S. president, Congress, Secretary of Defense, California State Legislature, Solano County Board of Supervisors, city mayors of Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville and Benicia, and/or the Consul Generals of Korea and the Philippines.
Post 603 also raised funds to install “Purple Heart Trail” signs on Interstate 80, and spearheaded the “Purple Heart” designations for the City of Vallejo, Vallejo City Unified School District, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Touro University California, California State University Maritime Academy, Solano College, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.