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Red Lobster Surprises Boys & Girls Clubs with $10,000 Donation

Boca Raton, FL– Recently, the Boys & Girls of Palm Beach County received a $10,000 donation from Red Lobster. The donation was presented at Red Lobster’s annual Operations Leadership Conference in Boca Raton, along with a donation of school supplies to help support the organization’s mission of enabling youth to reach their full potential and achieve academic success.

“We are so thankful to receive this generous donation from Red Lobster which will help us continue to serve those young people who need us most in the Boca Raton community,” said Mary O’Connor, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Not only does working with companies like Red Lobster foster greater community involvement, but it also helps secure more great futures for our youth.”

“Red Lobster is proud to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and I’m proud of our General Managers who brought school supplies from their teams across the country to donate to the youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County said Dave Pickens, president of Red Lobster. “We are committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and do business, and we commend Boys & Girls Clubs for helping young people forge a path to success. It is our pleasure to be associated with such an awesome organization!”

This donation was part of a larger initiative between the Darden Restaurants Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc., and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Through this partnership, the Recipe for Success™ program was formed to help inspire Boys & Girls Club members to pursue their dreams and set ambitious goals by introducing them to the possibilities of postsecondary education. Darden continues to provide access to the tools and information Boys & Girls Club youth need to achieve a great future – including college-readiness workshops and more than $500,000 in college scholarships.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is the County’s largest facility-based, youth development organization in the county serving nearly 6,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 each year. The Clubs offer a broad range of programs and activities in six core areas including: education and career development; character and leadership development; sports, fitness and recreation; health and life skills; technology; and the arts. The Clubs serve more than 6,000 youth each year, ranging in age from six to 18. The programs are offered at 13 Club locations and three extension sites throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County at 561-683-3287 or visit www.bgcpbc.org

About Red Lobster

Red Lobster is the world’s largest casual dining seafood restaurant with more than 700 locations and 60,000 employees delivering delicious, high-quality seafood to guests across North America. Red Lobster is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant operating company. In 2011, Darden became the first full-service restaurant company ever to be named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. For more information on Red Lobster or to find a remodeled location, please visit www.RedLobster.com.

About The Darden Foundation

The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants. Total giving in fiscal year 2012 amounted to $7.8 million, 20 percent of which is represented by the Restaurant Community Grants Program. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants.