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Long Island Restaurants Gain Local Support for Haiti Relief

Posted on Tue, Apr 06, 2010 @ 08:47 AM

(Long Island, N.Y.)

Doherty Enterprises Inc., a franchisee operating 21 Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and 19 Panera Bread restaurants on Long Island, recently raised a total of more than $25,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. Applebee's, guests purchased "paper apples" for $1 and up that were then posted in the restaurant, while Panera guests made cash donations at the registers. The dollars add up and, according to Frank Cassano, representative and CEO of the American Red Cross, one hundred percent of the monies received from these campaigns will go directly to the Haitian relief effort. Greg Desrosiers, a General Manager for Applebee's who has family in Haiti, was delighted that both chains in Nassau and Suffolk counties took the initiative to back this philanthropic effort.

Edward Doherty, president of Doherty Enterprises Inc. said, "It's not just about supporting our local neighbors; it's also about helping our global neighbors in need.  We have several employees with relatives in Haiti so we organized this fundraiser to do our part to provide aide to their homeland."

Photo:Panera Bread Shares the Warmth to Help Aid Earthquake Victims... When the call for help came from the American Red Cross, Panera Bread and its guests throughout Long Island responded with generosity. Greg George (left), Vice President of Panera Bread LI, presented a check for $15,400 to Frank Cassano (right), representative and CEO of American Red Cross, from cash donations made at the registers of its 19 Long Island bakery-cafes. All funds will go directly to support the Haiti Relief effort. 

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.
Doherty Enterprises, Inc. was established in 1993 and is the 14th largest franchisee in the United States, operating six restaurant concepts including: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, El Pollo Loco, Carino's Italian Grill, and their own concept, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates 92 restaurants in northern and central New Jersey, Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. The Doherty vision is to be the "Best Food Service Company in the Tri-State Area" and its mission is to "Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers." (

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

This fundraiser was part of Doherty Enterprises' "good neighbor" mission to WOW their people and communities, whether locally or globally.

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