Dickey's Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation Provides 50 Life-Saving Vests for Local Officers

Central Market donates $25K to Invest in a Vest initiative.

DALLAS - May 31, 2017 // PRNewswire // - This Friday, Dickey's Barbecue Pit's charitable foundation Barbecue, Boots & Badges will present local police officers with 50 life-saving, bulletproof vests as part of its Invest in a Vest initiative. This donation is made possible by a generous contribution of $25,000 by Central Market.

The donation presentation will take place at the Central Market Lovers Lane location on Friday, June 2 from 12-2pm. Although the event is not open to the public, anyone interested in getting involved or supporting Barbecue, Boots & Badges can visit http://www.bbabfoundation.org/.

"Barbecue, Boots & Badges was founded to serve those who put their lives on the line every day to protect our community," said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Inc. "These brave men and women deserve our support, and we want to make sure they are getting the best equipment possible. We thank Central Market for helping us in this endeavor."

The Invest in a Vest initiative is a partnership between Dickey's Barbecue Pit's charitable foundation, Barbecue, Boots & Badges, and Angel Armor to provide local police officers with life-saving body armor. A $500 donation provides one officer with a set of ballistic plates, which are capable of protecting them from sniper rounds and high-powered ammunition. Wearing body armor more than triples the likelihood that an officer can survive a shooting to the torso, according to a RAND Corporation study. In addition, more than 3,000 officers' lives have been saved by their body armor to date, according to the American National Institute of Justice.

"Central Market has great respect for our police officers who commit their lives to our safety each and every day. This donation of vest plates is our way of saying "Thank you" for their loyal and dedicated service to the city of Dallas," said Stephen Butt, President of Central Market. "These new plates will provide an added layer of state-of-the art defense for those who protect all of us."

To find the Dickey's Barbecue Pit nearest you: [https://www.dickeys.com/locations]. Find Dickey's on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Barbecue, Boots & Badges

Enthusiastically led by Maurine Dickey, Barbecue, Boots & Badges supports local law enforcement, firefighters and their families. The foundation is national, yet the support is intensely local — benefiting first responders who put their lives on the line every day, serving the public. The foundation exists to serve those who protect us.

About Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and home style sides with 'No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included. The fast-casual concept has expanded to nearly 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list and in 2017 again won a top 10 on the list. Dickey's Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, and Nation's Restaurant News. For more information visit www.dickeys.com.

Media Contact:

Bryce Nayden
bnayden@levensongroup.com

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

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