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More than 100 restaurants honoring Make a Difference Day with October 28 event, TSFR to provide $5,000 donation to winning charity

LIVONIA, Mich., October 25, 2017—Mich.-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), a family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual dining, quick-service and family dining restaurants throughout the state of Michigan, and its more than 100 Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza and Del Taco restaurants will host a one-day, statewide charity challenge on Saturday, October 28 in honor of Make A Difference Day. The proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan, JDRF (formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). TSFR Director of Marketing Barb Pasciak made the announcement.

As part of the all-day charity challenge, guests will be able to add a monetary donation to the charity, or charities, of their choice to their bill at each of the 64 TSFR Applebee’s, 27 Olga’s Kitchen, eight MOD Pizza and five Del Taco restaurants. All donations collected will directly benefit the respective charities as selected by the donor. The charity that collects the most donations throughout the day will receive an additional $5,000 donation from TSFR with the remaining charities receiving a matching donation up to $2,500 from TSFR.

“After an overwhelmingly positive response from our Applebee’s communities last year, TSFR is proud to bring back this friendly and spirited challenge and expand it to all of our restaurants in an effort to provide additional support for our long-standing partners at Make-A-Wish Michigan, JDRF and MDA,” said Pasciak. “Each of these charities have had a tremendous impact on improving the quality of life for our neighbors, and to continue to make progress for those that need it most, ongoing funding is critical. We hope that families throughout the state of Michigan will join us in our mission to give back and make a difference in our communities.”

In exchange for a $1 or $5 donation at any of TSFR’s Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza or Del Taco restaurants, guests will receive a coupon to use at a later date that is good for a free item from a select menu. The following coupons will be given in exchange for donations:

o $1 Donation: Free soft drink coupon
o $5 Donation: Free appetizer coupon

Olga’s Kitchen
o $1 Donation: Free small plate coupon
o $5 Donation: Free Snacker Basket coupon

MOD Pizza
o $1 Donation: Free garlic or cinnamon strips coupon
o $5 Donation: Free MOD sized pizza or salad coupon

Del Taco
o $1 Donation: Free Buck and Change coupon
o $5 Donation: Free combo meal coupon

In 2016, TSFR’s first-ever Make a Difference Day event hosted at its Applebee’s restaurants raised more than $39,245 for the participating charities, which included a $10,000 donation from TSFR. For more information on the second annual Make a Difference Day Charity Challenge event, or for a complete list of participating restaurants and hours of operation, visit

About TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants

Livonia, Mich.-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants is a family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual dining, quick service and family dining restaurants throughout the state of Michigan. With a commitment to quality operations, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants is an industry leader in attracting, developing and retaining the most talented work force that proudly delights its guests and sets an unmatched standard of excellence. For the past three decades, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants has expanded its restaurant catalog to include 64 Applebee’s, 27 Olga’s Kitchen restaurants and five Del Taco restaurants. In 2014, TSFR announced plans to launch 25 MOD Pizza restaurants in Michigan and since they have opened its first eight locations. For more information, visit

About MDA

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals—and the families who love them—from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at

About Make-A-Wish® Michigan

Since 1984, Make-A-Wish® Michigan has granted more than 8,500 wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Michigan serves children throughout the entire state and is funded through community support. More than 80 percent of each dollar spent directly benefits the Michigan wish-granting program. Visit to learn more.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in more than 100 locations throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.