May 04, 2006

Operation Gratitude ~ Drive

Operation Gratitude Kicks Off Patriotic Drive with Checkers/Rally's NASCAR Event
Double Drive-Thru Chain Joins Operation Gratitude Patriotic Drive at Restaurants across the Country

ENCINO, CA--May 4, 2006Operation Gratitude today announced that Checkers/Rally’s Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHKR), the nation’s largest chain of double drive-thru restaurants and America Supports You are supporting Operation Gratitude’s effort to send care packages to U.S. Troops deployed overseas. In honor of Military Appreciation Month, May 2006, Checkers®/Rally’s® has joined the Operation Gratitude Patriotic Drive to collect items for care packages that will be sent to America’s brave military men and women overseas in time for the Fourth of July.

This will be Operation Gratitude’s Third Annual Patriotic Drive, during which thousands of volunteers and supporters locally and across the country will participate in the assembling of at least 40,000 care packages. The packaging takes place at the California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd; Van Nuys, CA
on the following dates from 10a.m. to 5p.m. daily:

May 20-21, 2006 (Armed Forces Weekend)
May 27-29, 2006 (Memorial Weekend)
June 17-18, 2006 (Father’s Day Weekend)

Items requested for donation include:
Cooling devices: mini battery-operated fans and bandana cool ties
Entertainment items: DVDs, CDs and hand-held games
High-tech gear: computer flash drives, disposable cameras and international calling cards
Snack foods: small packages of beef jerky, trail mix, energy bars and sunflower seeds
Personal letters of support

“Operation Gratitude and the California Army National Guard are deeply appreciative for the support of American citizens and Corporate Sponsors all across the country” said SSG Elizabeth Cowie, Operation Gratitude Military Liaison. “Together we will let our troops know that Americans do care.”
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About: Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude ( is the California- based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that sends care packages addressed to individually named U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay, Kosovo and on military ships all over the world. Operation Gratitude was founded in March 2003 and is funded entirely by private donations and staffed exclusively by volunteers. Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and to express to all troops the appreciation and support of the American people. For safety and security, the assembling of packages occurs at the California Army National Guard, 746th QM BN Armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has delivered more than 111,000 packages to American troops deployed overseas. Website:

Operation Gratitude
Carolyn Blashek
Phone Hotline: 818-789-0563

About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. ( 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 2005, Checkers/Rally’s was awarded two of the industry’s most coveted recognitions: Best Drive-Thru in America 2005 in the QSR Drive-Thru Study for Rally’s, and Nation’s Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for Checkers’ sizzling business performance. Checkers/Rally's is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Kim Francis
Director of Communications


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