FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday, July 10, 2006
CONTACT: JEFF NEWMAN, 877-50-GLORY, x21
Fairfax, VA — Glory Days Grill, a restaurant company headquartered in Northern Virginia, in partnership with the Fairfax Coalition of Police held a one-night fundraiser on Thursday, June 22, 2006 at ten of the company's restaurant locations. The event raised $20,167.00.
The general public was invited to dine at ten Glory Days Grill locations in Northern Virginia and Winchester on Thursday, June 22 from 4 PM to Midnight. Glory Days Grill donated 10% of total food and non-alcoholic beverage sales from all ten locations, along with a corporate contribution that matched 50% of the total generated. In addition, guests dining at the restaurants and Glory Days Grill employees personally donated more than $11,000.00.
All proceeds will be given to the trust funds of the families of the two Fairfax County Police Officers who where ambushed on May 8, 2006 at the Sully District Station. Detective Vicky Armel and Master Police Officer Micheal Garbarino were ambushed by a heavily armed gunman in the rear police lot of their District Station. Each officer leaves behind a spouse and two children. They were the first Fairfax County Police Officers to be murdered in the line of duty.
Said Marshall Thielen, President of the Fairfax Coalition of Police, "Our organization has been working constantly with the Armel and Garbarino families, providing them with support and comfort. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Fairfax Coalition of Police, businesses like Glory Days Grill, and contributions from individual Fairfax County residents to the Armel and Garbarino Trust Funds, we have demonstrated the importance of community in our time of need."
"This was a devastating loss for the Northern Virginia community," added Jeff Newman, co-founder of Glory Days Grill. "Both fallen officers frequented our restaurants with their families and fellow officers. Our company was approached by the Fairfax Coalition of Police because they were aware of our strong commitment to the community. Over the past nine years, the Glory Days Grill Dining for Dollars fundraiser program has helped many community organizations and charities raise extra funds, and we are pleased that this event not only went a long way towards helping the two families but also has encouraged other community groups to become involved."
The Fairfax Coalition of Police is still accepting donations for the Armel and Garbarino Trust Funds. Checks should be made payable to the Fairfax Coalition of Police with a note in the memo field saying "Armel/Garbarino Trusts." Donations should be mailed to:
Fairfax Coalition of Police
ATTN: Armel/Garbarino Trusts
10500 Sager Avenue Suite "C"
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Jeff Newman, Richard Danker and Bob Garner founded Glory Days Grill in Burke, Virginia in 1996. Having 17 corporate-owned and franchised restaurants in three states, Glory Days Grill is a full-service, family-friendly sports-themed restaurant offering freshly prepared menu items and the latest in sports, news and entertainment via satellite televisions, projection screens and private speaker systems. In addition, Glory Days Grill has been recognized for a variety of charitable contributions and fundraising efforts for the local communities.
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