Franchise group presents check

VIENNA – Neighborhood Hospitality Inc., an Applebee’s franchise group that owns the restaurant in Vienna, delivered a $46,000 check in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.

For the second year in a row, NHI’s 23 Applebee’s locations and their guests have raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, bringing the group’s two-year total to more than $92,000.

“It’s an honor to support an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children,” Mike Baldwin, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Hospitality Inc., said. “This program has made a meaningful impact two years in a row, and we couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated staff and generous guests.”

The MDA Shamrocks campaign – started in 1982 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and taken nationally a year later – raises funds to support MDA’s fight against muscular dystrophy and related diseases, including its programs of research, services, advocacy and education. The program benefits MDA’s nationwide network of some 200 medical clinics, and it helps send thousands of children with muscle diseases to a week of accessible fun at MDA summer camp.

“It’s a great feeling for our team members to support such a wonderful cause,” Baldwin said. “It’s not everyday our employees have a chance to help change a child’s life.”

Other area participating restaurants included Applebee’s in Athens and Marietta.