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Gavin DeGraw to perform in Lindenhurst after community wins Applebee's contest

Lindenhurst’s 23,771 messages of appreciation for veterans and

Lindenhurst’s 23,771 messages of appreciation for veterans and active duty service members gave the community the win in the Applebee’s Thank You Movement promotion, a concert by singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, according to a recent news release. Credit: ABC/ Bob D'Amico

The dedication and sacrifice of America’s military has not been lost on the Lindenhurst community. And for that, the village will be honored with a free concert by multiplatinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw.

Lindenhurst’s 23,771 messages of appreciation for veterans and active duty service members gave the community the win in the Applebee’s Thank You Movement promotion, according to a recent news release.

In October, Applebee’s named the artist the voice of this year’s Thank You Movement, an ongoing military appreciation effort to provide “the most thankful neighborhood” in America with a concert for its veterans, but also open to the community.

Applebee’s originally created the Thank You Movement in 2011 to collect messages of appreciation for active and inactive members of the armed forces at their restaurants. Since then, the company has received more than 6.7 million “Thank You” messages.

Lindenhurst collected 2,000 more votes that the second-place community. Dan Smith, spokesman for Applebee’s, said the concert will possibly be held next spring when the weather is nicer for an outdoor concert.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating with Lindenhurst,” DeGraw said in a Nov. 20 news release. “I’m thrilled to have been the voice of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement this year and for the opportunity to extend my thanks to our service members for all they have done.”
 

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