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Diplomat Middle teacher among Applebee’s “BEE”yond Essay Contest winners

May 3, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar this week announced the 11 winners of its 3rd Annual Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest, which recognized top teachers from school districts throughout Florida and Georgia -- as nominated by their students -- by awarding them with a sponsorship check and end-of-year class party, courtesy of Applebee's.

Among the winners was teacher Ben Uphoff of Diplomat Middle School in Cape Coral. The award was presented by Applebee's of North Fort Myers.

The contest was held at Applebee's restaurants in Florida and Georgia owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises.

Specifically, Applebee's awarded 11 deserving local teachers with a $500 sponsorship check to use towards teaching supplies for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, the students who nominated their teachers will receive an end of year party at Applebee's for their class. Students nominated candidates by submitting essays in-person at their local Applebee's explaining why their teacher goes above and "BEE"yond for their students.

Contest submissions were reviewed by the local Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar team to select a winner from each district.

"We are excited to announce the winners of our 3rd Annual Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest," said Marc Prince, director of operations, Applebee's of Florida and Georgia. "Our restaurants are committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and supporting education is a major focus of that commitment. Teachers dedicate a tremendous amount of time and resources to building a better community to live, work and play in, which extends beyond the classroom, and we wanted to honor their efforts while getting students involved in the process. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the teachers in our community for their hard work."

Doherty Enterprises is committed to being involved in the communities it serves by giving back to local causes and supporting education. Each Doherty restaurant stays engaged in its neighborhood and, through donations, fundraisers, sponsorships and participation in community events, helps local organizations grow and flourish.

In addition to the Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest, Doherty Enterprises supports education in the community year-round is through its "A is for Applebee's" program, which was created for teachers, libraries and scout leaders to use as an incentive for children to succeed and be rewarded. The program gives children an incentive to go the extra mile to help other students, read more books and make the Honor Roll. By obtaining the certificate from Applebee's, children also gain a sense of accomplishment.

In Florida, Applebee's restaurants are located in Boynton Beach, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Cutler Bay, Delray Beach, Doral, Estero, Florida City, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Greenacres, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Margate, Naples, North Port, Okeechobee, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda, Royal Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sunrise, Tamarac, Venice and Vero Beach, and in Georgia in Brunswick, Kingsland and Waycross.

School districts that were eligible for the contest are located in the following Florida counties: Duval, St. John's, Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami/Dade, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota.

For additional information about how Doherty Enterprises and its restaurants support local communities, or to get involved in one of its youth programs, visit



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