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Attention Parents:
Take Your Child to Work on April 23 and Receive a Free Meal

Olive Garden Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 20, 2015) - The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation is partnering with Olive Garden so parents and their kids can make the most of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Carolyn McKecuen, executive director of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation and Theresa Willings, Olive Garden Senior Vice President of Human Resources, invite parents to participate on Thursday, April 23, 2015, and come to Olive Garden for a free children's menu item for every adult entree purchased that day.

Dear Parents:

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, on April 23, is an opportunity for parents to bond with their children while inspiring them to think about their career possibilities in a hands-on and interactive environment.

Children participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day gain career mentorship, develop leadership skills and form deeper appreciation for the workforce. In fact, alumni have shared how their participation as kids inspired them to choose their current career paths.

But it doesn't stop there. Many of the participating families use this day as an opportunity to talk about their experiences and further connect over a meal together. Research has shown that kids who share regular meals with their parents perform better at school and report feeling closer to their parents. That's why we invite you to come to Olive Garden on April 23 to receive a free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult entree and make your time together extra special.

Olive Garden and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation have partnered since 2012. Incredibly, over 37 million family members participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in 2014 at more than 3.5 million workplaces. Our hope is that this year even more parents and kids get the opportunity to spend this meaningful day together.

We look forward to celebrating with you and your family.

Carolyn McKecuen & Theresa Willings

P.S. The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day free kid's meal coupon is available at OliveGarden.com.

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 31 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

ABOUT THE TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK FOUNDATION Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is celebrated in every state and in countries on every continent, spreading very quickly throughout Africa, where girls' rights are not well respected, so many women's groups are anxious to support daughters being taken to workplaces to observe various types of jobs and the education needed for employment. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation also is beginning programs dealing with bullying. Find out more about us at www.DaughtersAndSonsToWork.org. Connect with us at Facebook.com/DaughtersAndSonsToWork.

In the News

Olive Garden's New "Buy One, Take One' Deal Sends Diners Home With a Free Meal (Huffington Post-March 3, 2015)
Olive Garden offering free babysitting (TODAY-Feb. 11, 2015)
Olive Garden: $100 for 7 weeks of pasta (USA Today-Sept. 8, 2014)

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