Apple Gold Group was founded in 1984, and currently operates Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurants in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Apple Gold’s Neighborhood Involvement

Apple Gold Group is a recognized leader in charitable fundraising as well as in the casual dining industry. Apple Gold has been awarded the prestigious North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award” on multiple occasions. Our longstanding partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research earned us the “Heart of Applebee’s” award, given to the Applebee’s franchisee that demonstrates the greatest commitment to a single cause or organization.

Apple Gold Group Charities of Choice…


Apple Gold Group Contribution to the V Foudation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary NC State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.

In 2007, our restaurant managers elected The V Foundation as our North Carolina Applebee's Restaurants “charity of choice.” Each March since 2007, guests at any of our North Carolina Applebee's locations are invited to donate to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. For each $1 donated, guests are given a paper basketball of their favorite team to personalize and display in the restaurant. Since that time, with the support of our teams and guests, we have raised over $1,000,000 for Cancer Research.

A few years ago, The V Foundation honored our ongoing efforts with the creation of the dedicated "Apple Gold Grant", and now every single dollar we raise goes directly to fund important pediatric cancer research at the Duke Children's Hospital.



Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

This incredible organization was inspired in 1980 by Chris, age 7, who was diagnosed with leukemia. More than anything else, Chris wished to be a police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish and set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina was incorporated in 1984 to serve the children and families of South Carolina. The first wish was granted to Louis who wished to "see a big time football game." The chapter serves children 2 ½ to 18 years of age and has never turned down a medically qualified child.

With our team's passion, commitment and drive to grant wishes, throughout the length of our partnership, we've generated nearly $2,000,000 and granted over 250 wishes in South Carolina alone! We've seen first-hand the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, and entire communities. Each year Applebee's conducts several events in support of Make-A-Wish. These events range from in-restaurant fundraising campaigns to golf tournaments to Breakfasts with Santa. We are proud to have Make-A-Wish our charity of choice in South Carolina and look forward to granting many more wishes!

Learn more about Make-A-Wish South Carolina at sc.wish.org.



Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer research and awareness movement. Every fall we invite our guests to donate to Komen for the Cure. For each $1 donated, guests are given a paper ribbon to personalize and display in the restaurant.

Additional to guest donations, our restaurant teams plan local events like car washes, bake sales, and festivals to raise funds. The North Carolina Triangle area Applebee's restaurants also join the cause by raising donations and participating in the ‘Race for the Cure.’


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