Manahawkin Applebee’s Raises Over $5,000 for Kids with Cancer

Rich McCleary, assistant general manager of the Manahawkin Applebee’s, presents a check for $5,295 on August 10 to Ocean of Love, an Ocean County-based non-profit charity that is dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families.  A true community partner, Manahawkin Applebee’s, owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises, has been holding fundraising events for Ocean of Love over the past ten years. To raise funds, Rich completed his fourth 100-mile ultra-marathon in June to raise money and awareness for Ocean of Love. Rich began his route at the Sunset Pavilion on Cape May Beach and finished at his very own Manahawkin Applebee’s. Over the past three years, theManahawkin Applebee’s have raised more than $50,195 for Ocean of Love.

COVER PHOTO From L to R: Mike McKee, area director, Applebee’s; Richard McCleary, assistant general manager, Manahawkin Applebee’s; Tracy Ratz, director, Ocean of Love; Danielle Baer and Taylor Hearn, caseworkers, Ocean of Love.

In New Jersey, Applebee’s is located in Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clark, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Linden, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River, Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.


About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.   

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises, Inc. is recognized as the 68th largest privately-held business in the New York Metro area by Crain’s Business and the 11th  largest franchisee in the United States as ranked in the Restaurant Finance Monitor, operating seven restaurant concepts including: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex, Quaker Steak & Lube, Noodles & Company, and two of its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In 2015, Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Doherty Enterprises as the 78th largest U.S. Foodservice revenue company, up from 85 in 2014. To date, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates over 150 restaurants in northern, southern and central New Jersey, on Long Island, as well as locations throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and sections of Florida and Georgia. The Doherty vision is to be the “Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve” and its mission is to “Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow Our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers.” (


About Applebee’s®

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar offers a lively casual dining experience combining simple, craveable American fare with flair, classic drinks and local drafts. All Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering quality food and drinks with genuine, neighborly service. Applebee’s is one of the world’s largest casual dining brands; as of March 31, 2017, there are approximately 2,000 Applebee’s franchise restaurants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 15 other countries. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of DineEquity, Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is among the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.