O’Charley’s to offer scholarships to families of fallen soldiers

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM

O’Charley’s, a Southern-inspired restaurant with locations across 20 states, announced a partnership with the Folded Flag Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and educational support grants to families of fallen soldiers.

The brand and its 211 restaurants committed to raise up to $75,000 for U.S. military members and their families by donating a quarter for every 22-ounce beer sold through Veteran’s Day weekend to the Folded Flag Foundation. All donations given to the Folded Flag Foundation go directly to the families of U.S. soldiers who have died during combat operations, in the form of scholarships and grants.

In the past 25 years, more than 7,000 men and women have died while deployed in the combat zone, leaving behind thousands of spouses who struggle to support themselves and their children’s education. While government assistance programs exist, they do not provide enough to cover education costs for the soldiers’ children.

For these families in need, the Folded Flag Foundation is making a difference by ensuring the children of our service members are on a successful path toward college. The Folded Flag Foundation awarded 44 educational grants for the current academic year, totaling $365,000 in scholarships to students in need.

 “We are so grateful to O’Charley’s for recognizing our cause and helping us make a difference in the lives of military families,” said John Coogan, executive director of the Folded Flag Foundation. “We want to thank O’Charley’s for their generous donation and for all that they do to support our military and their families.”

O’Charley’s has a longstanding history of honoring our military and their families and encouraging community involvement thanks to initiatives like its Hometown Hero program, which has honored more than 160 military individuals to date. During this partnership with the Folded Flag Foundation, the restaurant will provide guests an opportunity to join them in support with a chance to donate on their individual check.

“The Folded Flag Foundation’s mission is one that is important to O’Charley’s,” said Eddie Hall, O’Charley’s president. “We understand the sacrifice not only these fallen soldiers have made for our country, but their families, as well. We are committed to giving back to the military, and we know the Folded Flag Foundation is something our guests will be honored to support.”

To learn more, visit foldedflagfoundation.org.

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