The Fourth Annual Arby’s Charity Tour Championship, held March 19 on the 18-hole Tournament Players Club course at Heron Bay, raised $300,000 for the Arby’s Foundation Endowment Fund, which supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and other charitable organizations.

The $300,000 from this event will be donated to the Endowment Fund, used to fund additional programs for the national youth-oriented organizations.

The Championship golf tournament kicks off the 2000 Arby’s Charity Tour, which is a traveling series of special events and golf tournaments that raise awareness and money for The Arby’s Foundation and local charities in cities where the tournaments are held. The 2000 Tour will be held in 15 cities including Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee and Phoenix, Arizona.

“The relationships that have been formed with the advent and success of the Arby’s Charity tour are invaluable,” said Jon May, chairman of the Arby’s Foundation and CEO of Triarc Restaurant Group.

The Arby’s Foundation currently provides 12 college scholarships per year to Big Brothers Big Sisters participants, and franchisees work with area chapters of BBBSA to create and support programs that benefit local children through Arby’s Rockin’ Hat Ranch. “Bigs” and “Littles” in the Rockin’ Hat Ranch program identify a local community service project, then meet for a weekend of fun and learning to discuss their experience and the importance of community service.

In addition to funding raised by the Arby’s Charity Tour, one cent from the sale of each Arby’s Adventure Meal is donated to the Arby’s Foundation. Last year, Adventure Meal sales contributed $186,853 to the Foundation.

Fort Lauderdale-based Triarc Restaurant Group, franchisor of the Arby’s, T.J. Cinnabons and Pasta Connection brands, was presenting sponsor of the championship event this past weekend. National tour sponsors are Arby’s, Inc., Fletcher-Martin-Ewing, Arby’s franchisee RTM Restaurant Group, Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola USA.

The Arby’s Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1986 to make a valuable difference in the education and development of America’s youth.

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