A restaurant company with a West Michigan presence recently donated the funds it raised at a day-long education and fundraising event to a breast cancer nonprofit.
Livonia-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants, or TSFR — which owns a large portfolio of casual-dining and quick-service restaurants in Michigan, including 64 Applebee’s — donated $11,891 to Susan G. Komen Michigan this spring.
“Breast cancer is a tragic disease that affects people in every community, and we wanted to help Komen with their mission of raising funds and awareness,” said Jennifer Sleeper, marketing manager for TSFR’s Applebee’s locations.
The funds were raised through Apples for the Cure, a new partnership between 18 of TSFR Applebee’s locations and Susan G. Komen Michigan.
A number of Applebee’s locations across West Michigan participated in the event: Battle Creek, Marshall, Kalamazoo, Three Rivers, Plainwell, Benton Harbor, Holland, Muskegon, Hastings, Greenville, Caledonia, Grandville, Comstock Park and Ionia.
During the Apples for the Cure event on Feb. 21, TSFR set aside 10 percent of all food sales and proceeds from donation cards, raffle tickets and T-shirts to give to Komen Michigan.
Each location also set up a survivor table, so people could learn about Komen Michigan’s services, connect, share support and fill out donation ribbons to hang up in a loved one’s honor.
TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants
TSFR is a family owned restaurant company with a portfolio of 64 Applebee’s locations, 27 Olga’s Kitchen locations, five Del Taco locations and 10 MOD Pizza locations in Michigan.
Susan G. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, whose sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer.
The nonprofit says it is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
Through events such as the Komen Michigan Race for the Cure, Komen Michigan has invested more than $12 million in community breast health programs in 24 counties and helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.