EASLEY — The Apple Gold Group presented a $221,000 check to South Carolina’s Make a Wish Foundation on Aug. 20.
The presentation culminated a year-long fund raising effort by The Apple Gold Group, and managers and employees of the restaurant chain.
“We are dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve and our team is honored to help raise awareness and funds for children in South Carolina,” said Scott Harrison, regional vice president for Apple Gold. “It is an amazing feeling to watch these children receive their wishes and know you are able to make a positive impact in the lives of so many.”
It is an impact that Wish Manager Katlyn Gould knows all too well.
Gould, a former “wish kid” herself, is now in the position to help other children with the Make a Wish Foundation. At 15, Gould was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her wish was to go to Boston and meet the Red Sox.
“It was absolutely incredible,” said Gould, “because it wasn’t just me. This impacted my entire family. Being able to do what I do now is just amazing. This is my way of giving back, this is my thank you.”
“Applebee’s has been, and continues to be, an amazing partner of Make a Wish South Carolina,” said Bill Tiller, CEO of the Make A Wish Foundation. “Their team members generously invest in our mission and we are profoundly grateful.”
Make a Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The foundation has never turned a qualified person away, and has granted 134 wishes in the past year alone. For more information on Make a Wish Foundation or to donate, you can visit their website at sc.wish.org.