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The Greene Turtle prepares for Tips for Tots fundraiser Dec. 11

Lewes franchise among 19 in Delmarva region to participate
Dec 07, 2012

Servers and bartenders at multiple locations of The Greene Turtle throughout Maryland, Delaware and Virginia have announced that, as many have done for the past six years, they will once again pool their tips this December to purchase toys for local Toys for Tots drives.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, employees at 19 locations throughout the casual dining/sports bar chain will hold their seventh campaign, combining the gratuities they take in throughout the day and then hitting the stores to gather gifts certain to make the holiday merrier for underprivileged children throughout their communities.  The Greene Turtle in Lewes is one of those participants.

Corlie Brice, a bartender at The Greene Turtle in Salisbury, Md., came up with the selfless idea for Tips for Tots after arriving for her shift one cold December night in 2006 and noticing that a neighboring business had been designated as a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Brice decided to use whatever tips she took in that evening to purchase toys for the program, and enlisted fellow employees in the campaign. By the end of her shift, she and fellow bartender Chris Tingle had collected $700, an amount that went even farther when the manager of a nearby Ollie’s Bargain Outlet offered Brice a discount on her purchases once she explained her intentions.

The program has since become an annual tradition at the Salisbury site, and in recent years employees at other locations throughout the 34-unit chain have been inspired to follow suit. Last year, 10 Greene Turtle locations participated in the drive. This year, the initiative has spread to nearly twice that many locations.,

Over the past six years, The Greene Turtle has donated more than $28,000 in purchased gifts to Toys for Tots programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, both through the tips donated by restaurant employees and additional donations by other members of the community. Guests have rallied to the cause, occasionally giving tips as large as $50 to $100 on the purchase of a single beer.

As it has in recent years, The Greene Turtle also announced that its corporate offices will once again add $500 to the donations for each restaurant that raises a minimum of $1,000 in tips on Dec. 11.

“We are very proud that this independently established program has been so warmly embraced by our employees, and continues to expand throughout our growing system,” says Bob Barry, president/CEO of The Greene Turtle. “As a corporation, we are always open to new ways to give back to our communities, and it is wonderful to see how that spirit has spread throughout our company-owned and franchised locations. We look forward to bringing the warmth of the holidays to many children this season, and to continuing our many charitable efforts for years to come.”

First opened in Ocean City, Md., in 1976, The Greene Turtle today includes 34 locations in markets across Maryland and extending into Washington, D.C., Virginia and Delaware.

Information is available online at www.thegreeneturtle.com and www.facebook.com/thegreeneturtle. Fans can also join their favorite location’s individual Facebook page for the latest news about special events and offers, or follow their local restaurant for updates on Twitter.

To learn more about available franchise opportunities, go to www.thegreeneturtle.com/restaurant-franchise or contact Vice President of Franchising Tom Finn at 855-TGT-INFO (855-848-4636) or tfinn@thegreeneturtle.com.

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