This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Olive Garden Salutes Military Families In November With Restaurant Deals & USO Partnership

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Military Family Appreciation month, Olive Garden is saluting military families throughout November by offering special restaurant discounts and partnering with the USO (United Service Organizations) to support United Through Reading's Military Program to help military families maintain close bonds during deployment.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131101/FL08806-a )

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131101/FL08806LOGO-b )

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131101/FL08806LOGO-c )

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131101/FL08806LOGO-d )

Olive Garden recognizes the tremendous sacrifices that troops and their families make to protect and serve our country, which is why the restaurant is honoring military families during November by:

  • Donating up to $100,000 to the USO to support United Through Reading's Military Program, which will provide 15,000 books to the program and help deployed military parents share special story-time moments with their families back home.
  • Providing a 10-percent discount for current members of the military and their families during the month of November.
  • Providing a free entree from a special menu for all veterans and current military members on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and a 10-percent discount for family members dining with them on that day.

"Military families are selfless and never seek reward for the sacrifices they make," said Jay Spenchian, Olive Garden's executive vice president of marketing.  "When a soldier serves our country, his or her family serves as well.  During Military Family Appreciation month, Olive Garden extends our heartfelt thanks to all service men and women and their families for their strength and commitment, and we're honored to partner with the USO to help military families stay close when deployed parents are away."

USO & United Through Reading's Military Family Program Partnership

Keeping families connected when a military parent is deployed can be immensely challenging.  Through a partnership with the USO, Olive Garden will help create special family moments of togetherness by donating storybooks for deployed parents to read aloud, video-record and then send the book and DVD to their children at home.  For every person who shares Olive Garden's Facebook post about United Through Reading's Military Program during November, Olive Garden will donate one book—up to 15,000 books valued at $100,000—to the USO to support the program.

"Deployment can be especially difficult for military moms and dads, but it can be even tougher for their children.  They don't understand why mommy or daddy isn't there for some of those special moments, like reading them their favorite bedtime story," said Kelli Seely, USO senior vice president of development and chief development officer. "This program allows military children to see their parent's face not just at bedtime, but whenever they want and provides comfort to deployed parents, knowing they are still able to put a smile on their child's face even while far from home."

To learn more and to help Olive Garden donate a book to military families visit Facebook.com/OliveGarden.

ABOUT OLIVE GARDENOlive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:  DRI), the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company. In 2013, Darden was named to the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the third year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, all Olive Garden restaurants participate in the Darden Harvest program, which has donated more than 60 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit  www.olivegarden.com.  Connect with us at Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OfficialOliveGarden.

ABOUT THE USO The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. The USO provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. The USO programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of corporate partners and the dedication of volunteers and staff.

ABOUT UNITED THROUGH READINGUnited Through Reading®, a California-based nonprofit organization, has served more than 1 million beneficiaries since 1990. Through the organization's partnership with the USO, troops visiting a USO center around the world read one of many available storybooks while being recorded by a video camera.  The USO mails the DVD recording and book home, and children then watch and listen to Mom or Dad at bedtime, naptime or anytime.  Families back home then complete the United Through Reading® Circle of Communication by sending back a touch of home – a photo of the child watching their deployed Mom or Dad reading the book.  Since partnering with the USO in 2006, more than 100,000 books have been recorded by soldiers at USO centers worldwide and shared with their families back home.

 

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,122.01 +15.31 0.09%
S&P 500 2,000.12 +0.10 0.00%
NASDAQ 4,569.6210 -1.0160 -0.02%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs