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At Capstone Restaurant Group, philanthropy is an important component of our culture. We have a rich history of giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In addition to our restaurant activities, we encourage our Team Members throughout the country to contribute to their communities in any way they can.

The following are some charities we have been active with over the past several years:

Capstone Foundation – Chip in for Veterans

The Company through its 501(c)3 foundation sponsors an annual charity golf event in Charleston, SC that benefits the Stand Up and Play Foundation, as well as PGA Hope. This event has raised over $210,000 over the last three years. For further information check out:



Since 2011, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have raised more than $11 Million through Stars for Heroes benefiting active military and veterans in need. The two National beneficiaries are – USA Cares and Stand Up & Play.  In additional our local markets can select a local charity.


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Local Restaurant Events

Our local markets have been very involved in community activities as well. Below are just some examples of events and campaigns for charity that we have been involved in:

Montana – Our stores in Montana have sponsored local high school sports teams, collected donations for Marines Toys for Tots and donated coupons for the local activities such as the community Easter egg hunt.

Kansas City, MO – Our restaurants in Kansas City are big supporters of the Solace House, a Kansas City Hospice, and are a sponsor of its annual Head for the Cure 5K event. We have raised over $5,000 per year, for three consecutive years. In addition, we have had numerous participants run the race, and many other volunteers offer support to the runners by working stations along the race route. The team in Kansas City has also been the top sponsor for the Hero’s for Hospice 5K run and this event has exceeded $12,000 in donations over last four years. Additionally, these restaurants sponsored a hole for the Wayne Thomas Foundation supporting Missouri junior golf at Osage National for three consecutive years, donating over $1,500. They also sponsored a hole and team in the Lee’s Summit North Sports Association, donating over $500 in 2019. Lastly, this team sponsored the Jadon’s Hope Bug Run in Olathe, Kansas to support finding a cure for SMA (an inherited disease in which the children are not able to build muscle effectively), raising over $1,000 for three consecutive years.

Northern Colorado/Wyoming – Along with sponsoring various school sports teams, they have also donated breakfast for the United Way fundraiser of Wyoming on numerous occasions, feeding up to 160 people.  In addition, we provide support to Ascent Vocals, an alternative musical program and summer camp.

Our Carl’s Jr. in Northern Colorado has donated more than $100,000 worth of food for meals to There With Care.

St Louis, MO – For the past 5 years, we have participated in a fundraiser with Operation Food Search and The Dave Glover Show.  For every $1.00 we raise, Operation Food Search is able to get $10 in food donations.  Our effort means over a Half Million Dollars in food donations were raised for Families in the St. Louis Area!!!  In addition, we partner with Heat Up St. Louis.  This is a non-profit group that provides utility assistance to the needy, seniors, and disabled. Through in-restaurant fundraisers, we sell $1.00 Sausage Biscuits and receive cash donations. We were able to raise over $4,100,000 combined in the last few years for this non-profit.  In addition, our team supports a USO event where we feed our military troops.

Tri Cities, TN and VA – Our team hosts a fundraiser for the local children’s hospital as well as a Christmas toy drive. Monthly, they donate and serve breakfast at a local soup kitchen serving the inner city homeless and underserved. For over 15 years they have donated food for the local Optimist Club fundraiser that helps fund projects for children in need. As a partner with the local safety council, they work with local volunteers and provide lunch for area 5th graders attending a Kid’s Safety Fair where they learn fire, chemical and personal safety taught by area professionals. Working with the area Habitat for Humanity, they provide lunch weekly for the volunteers working on the houses. 

In addition, we have raised over $40,000 for the Isaiah 117 House that provides a safe place for children waiting on foster care placement.  We have also partnered with the YMCA to provide art supplies and meals for kids in the afterschool program.

Through our Stars for Heroes program, the South Carolina and West Virginia markets, we have donated over $60,000 to Project Healing Waters.  This organization is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disable active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

Bremen, GA – We are proud sponsors of the American Warrior Garage, a non-profit organization of veterans working for veterans. This non-profit automotive restoration shop engages in the restoration of classic cars, trucks and hot rods for the benefit of our wounded warriors and veterans. They also provide on the job training for veteran apprentices in welding, metal fabrication, body work, rust repair, automotive electronics and mechanics.  In addition, through our Stars for Heroes program, we partner with Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Atlanta area to assist Veteran families

Charleston, SC – We are proud supporters of 2 great youth organizations. LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and The First Tee

  • LPGA*USGA (Girls Golf) is the only national junior golf program that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments for juniors to learn the game of golf. They are the experts in making the game of golf fun and teach more than just stance and swing; they teach girls valuable life skills like confidence and perseverance. Each of their 500 Girls Golf sites help prepare girls ages 6 – 17 for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game while also inspiring them to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lives.
  • The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens. Through after-school and in-school programs, they help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference.

In addition, we provide Breakfast Biscuits to our First Responders with disabilities, and their children, while they participate in an adaptive golf clinic held at Wescott. Through our Stars for Heroes program, the South Carolina and West Virginia markets have donated over $60,000 to Project Healing Waters.

Central Illinois Region – Our restaurants in this area raised money through the Hardee’s Stars for Heroes Program that provided the America’s Gold Star Families organization over $125,000 in donations since 2015. This organization provides honor, hope, and healing to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country through the United States Armed Forces. For more information, visit their website at