HACKENSACK, NJ -- Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar presented a check for $108,590 to Ramon Perez, Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, the charity which distributes toys to underprivileged children to provide a tangible sign of hope to as many economically disadvantaged children as possible at Christmas.

On December 7, Applebee’s locations throughout New Jersey hosted a Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa event were donated directly to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. This event marked the twenty-first year Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises, which owns more than 96 Applebee’s restaurants across New Jersey, Long Island, Florida and Georgia have raised over $4.8 million for the Toys for Tots initiative to date, helping to spread holiday cheer to more than 230,000 deserving children. In total, Doherty Enterprises raised $226,235 for the Marina Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program from Breakfast with Santa events in New Jersey, Long Island, Florida and Georgia.