Milford resident Julie Bunting won the "Free Applebee's for a Year" contest.

Milford’s Julie Bunting will have her plate full in 2016 after she was named one of four regional winners of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation “Free Applebee’s for a Year” contest.
Bunting was selected from a drawing of thousands who showed their generosity throughout Applebee’s 11th annual campaign. From June 29 to Aug. 2, guests who donated $5 to ALSF had the opportunity to write their names on the paper lemon, signifying their donation and entering them in the “Free Applebee’s for a Year” contest.
Participating Applebee’s restaurants also donated a portion of their proceeds from the sale of each glass of lemonade to ALSF. Some restaurants hosted various events – including in-restaurant lemonade stands, contests, bake sales, and car washes.
The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, raised more than $300,000 this year to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Applebee’s restaurants have raised more than $6 million since 2005.  
“The ALSF Foundation is such an important organization to us, so we wanted to find an impactful way to show our appreciation to patrons who donate money in support of such a worthwhile cause,” said Jeff Warden, CEO of The Rose Group. “Free Applebee’s for a Year allows us to illustrate just how important each and every dollar is, and how much we appreciate their help.”
With the help of corporate sponsors and thousands of individual lemonade stands, ALSF has funded more than 500 research projects nationally and has raised more than $100 million toward pediatric cancer research.