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Regional VP of Applebee's to Serve as Chairman of Make-A-Wish South Carolina Board of Directors

(GREENVILLE, S.C.) —Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Bar and Grill, is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves and encourages individual employee involvement with their charity partners. The franchisee is proud to announce that Scott Harrison, Regional Vice President for the company’s Southern Region, was recently appointed as Chairman-elect for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina’s Board of Directors.

“Scott Harrison has been – and continues to be – a gifted and valued leader for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina.  His passion for the mission and his productivity in fundraising make him an ideal person to chair our board in fiscal year 2016-17 and beyond,” said Bill Tiller, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® South Carolina.  “He is respected by his peers and is beloved by the staff.  I’m grateful for his service and I look forward to working with Scott to move our chapter forward in meaningful and strategic ways.”

When the South Carolina Applebee’s chose Make-A-Wish® South Carolina as their charity of choice, Harrison embraced the organization and worked to develop a long-lasting relationship. Twelve years later, the relationship between Applebee’s and Make-A-Wish® South Carolina continues to flourish. From the Wish Card Fundraiser to the Chip In For Wishes Golf Tournament, Applebee’s South Carolina has been instrumental in granting dozens of wishes in the past year and has granted many more in the lifetime of the partnership.

“At Apple Gold Group we believe it is important to give back to our communities,” said Michael Olander, President and CEO of Apple Gold Group. “We are proud to have a member of our executive team join the Make-A-Wish board.”

After one year of serving as Treasurer for the Board of Directors, Harrison will assume the role Chairman of the Board in the coming year. As Chair, he will be responsible for the organization’s health and well-being while managing a commitment to stakeholders to facilitate the work of the board in a context of effective leadership and governance.

About Apple Gold Group

The Apple Gold Group, one of the original five Applebee’s franchisees, was founded in 1984 to develop and operate Applebee's restaurants in North Carolina. It opened its first Grill and Bar in North Carolina in 1985. Since then the company has expanded its territory to include Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia and most recently, Kentucky and Indiana. The franchisee currently operates 133 restaurants in those seven states. The Apple Gold Group strives to be a recognized leader in both the casual dining industry and in local charitable fundraising. For more information on the Apple Gold Group, please visit www.AGGrestaurants.com .

About Make-A-Wish® South Carolina

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish South Carolina has never turned a qualified child away and granted 176 wishes last year, averaging to three wishes a week.  The chapter receives funding through private donations, individuals, companies and special events. For more information about Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit sc.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.


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