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Albany Area Applebee's Restaurants Team Up with Local Student Athletes to Win Big for Special Olympics

ALBANY, NY – On Thursday, October 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., student athletes from local high schools will team up with Special Olympics athletes to serve up food and fun at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants. The event is part of the “Athletes and Appleseed” fundraiser that the restaurant chain hosts each year.

The students and Special Olympics athletes will join staff at the Applebee’s restaurants to greet customers, bus tables, and serve guests. In return, athletes hope to collect tips from diners to benefit Special Olympics New York, an international organization thatprovides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community. 

Participating Capital Region restaurants include:

  • Saratoga: 3 Lowe’s Drive, Saratoga, NY 12866
  • Queensbury: 255 Quaker Road, Queensbury, NY 12804

“For the last two years, Applebee’s and the local student athletes have graciously worked with us to raise funds to provide everything from sports equipment to uniforms for thousands of deserving Special Olympics athletes across New York State,” said Renee Snyder, vice president of development and public awareness for Special Olympics.  “We’re looking forward to this year’s ‘Athletes and Applebee’s’ event and we can’t wait to serve the Applebee’s customers.”

Each year, more than 60,000 athletes in New York State train and compete in 22 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.  Locally, thousands of athletes from the Capital Region participate in training clubs and competitions throughout the year. 

“We’re thrilled to have local students come into our restaurants and work side by side with Special Olympics athletes to raise critical funds for this worthwhile organization,” said Stephanie Griffin, director of marketing and public relations, T.L. Cannon Companies. “We encourage everyone to come to the restaurant to participate in the ‘Athletes and Applebee’s’ event and be part of this special night.”

About T.L. Cannon Companies

T.L. Cannon Companies is the franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Upstate NY and CT.  It currently owns and operates 60 restaurant locations. 

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