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Marine Returns from Iraq to Receive New Car


Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest double drive-thru restaurant chain and parent company of both Checkers and Rally’s concepts, presented 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Jordan Richards with the keys to a new Dodge Caliber, May 30th, 2007. Checkers/Rally’s donated the Dodge Caliber as part of the contents of Operation Gratitude’s milestone 200,000th care package.

Tampa, FL, June 02, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Checkers/Rally’s presented this American Hero with a new car for his service to our country.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest double drive-thru restaurant chain and parent company of both Checkers and Rally’s concepts, presented 20-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Jordan Richards with the keys to a new Dodge Caliber, May 30th, 2007. A St. Louis, MO, resident, Checkers/Rally’s gave Lance Cpl. Richards his new car at the Rally’s restaurant located at 9651 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis.

Checkers/Rally’s donated the Dodge Caliber as part of the contents of Operation Gratitude’s milestone 200,000th care package. Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. Lance Cpl. Richards received the lucky care package on December 29th, 2006 while stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Upon opening the package, he discovered a postcard from Checkers/Rally’s saying, “This Dodge Caliber is yours!” when you return home.

“We are honored to recognize one of America’s true heroes through our partnership with Operation Gratitude. This new car is one small way Checkers and Rally’s can continue to show our appreciation to the troops,” said Terri Snyder, Chief Marketing Officer at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. “We thank Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Richards for his service to our country and hope that he and his fiancé enjoy their new car.”

“When we reached our 200,000th care package mark, we wanted to do something very special to commemorate the achievement. We never imagined that Checkers/Rally’s would donate a new car,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. “We are so thankful for Checkers/Rally’s support and feel privileged to be able to give this brave Marine such a wonderful welcome home gift.”

Redeployed to the U.S. earlier this month, Lance Cpl. Richards received his new Dodge Caliber yesterday during a special presentation at the St. Louis Rally’s restaurant. In addition to the new car, Checkers/Rally’s franchisee, Altes LLC/Setla LLC, presented Lance Cpl. Richards with a certificate for free food for one year.

About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (www.checkers.com) is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The Company develops, owns, operates and franchises quick-service Checkers and Rally’s double drive-thru restaurants. In recent years, Checkers/Rally’s has been awarded several of the industry’s most coveted recognitions: Best Drive-Thru in America in the QSR Drive-Thru Study for Rally’s; Nation’s Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for Checkers’ sizzling business performance; and the American Business AwardSM for the Best Executive in America. Checkers/Rally’s is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that sends care packages to U.S. Military Troops deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of the men and women defending our freedom. Their packages include snacks, toiletries, entertainment items, and letters of support from caring students and adults. 100% of donated funds are used to pay for communications and shipment of the packages. For more information about Operation Gratitude, contact Carolyn Blashek at (818) 789-0123 or visit www.operationgratitude.com.

Contact:
Elizabeth Sheridan
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Tel: 813/283-7163
E-mail: sheridane@checkers.com

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