Miami, FL (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
Sailormen Inc. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced today that the 2013 “Appetite for a Cure” program and the Sailormen Inc., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Golf Classic have raised more than $670,000 to help support those affected by neuromuscular disease.
This year's Appetite for a Cure program ran from Jan. 28 through March 17 at participating Popeyes restaurants in South Florida and across the Southeast. The program raised more than $503,000 through the sale of $1 coupon cards worth $30 to be used toward free and discounted purchases during future visits.
Additionally, more than 40 companies sponsored the ninth annual Sailormen Inc., Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen Golf Classic, a premier golf event, held May 9 in Miami Lakes, Fla., that raised more than $167,000. The tournament was hosted by former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL player Gino Torretta.
“I'm proud of Sailormen/Popeyes employees, customers and business partners for helping us reach our fundraising goal for MDA through this year's 'Appetite for a Cure' program and the Golf Classic," said Sailormen Inc. CEO Bob Berg. "It's important to us to go above and beyond to help families living with muscle disease in our community and support important MDA programs, like MDA summer camp."
Sailormen Inc. is the largest domestic franchisee of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, with 143 locations in seven states. The company has raised nearly $4 million for MDA since 2002.
"Sailormen/Popeyes made such a difference for MDA by raising funds through two hugely successful programs and events,” said Joanne Bowsman, executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association chapter in South Florida. “Their efforts are extremely important to MDA families because they help raise not only awareness, but the funds needed to help find treatments and cures for muscle disease."
The annual coupon program and golf tournament directly benefit local families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases by helping to fund MDA's worldwide research program, MDA's network of 200 medical clinics and MDA’s summer camp program. Medical services in South Florida are provided through the MDA Clinic at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Kessenich Family MDA/ALS Center at the University of Miami.
Sailormen Inc. is the largest domestic franchisee of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, with 143 locations in seven states. The company has raised close to $4 million for MDA since 2002.
About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is a leader in the New Orleans segment of the food-service industry and is the world’s second-largest quick-service chicken concept based on the number of units. As of December 25, 2011, Popeyes had 2,035 operating restaurants in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and 25 foreign countries. For more information, visit the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen website at popeyes.com.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases today affecting more than 1 million Americans. It does so by funding research, providing comprehensive health care and support services, and through advocacy and education.
In addition to funding more than 250 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters with progressive muscle diseases.
For more information, visit mda.org and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MDAnational and Twitter @MDAnews.
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