A local Applebee's manager raised the most in the country for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Friday, Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith surprised Jennifer Mirtes at the Applebee's at Central and Merchants. Mirtes raised more than $8,000 last most for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
To thank her, Smith and the Knox County Commission declared Friday "Jennifer Mirtes Day." She says she's always loved volunteering her time to help others.
"It's important to give back to the community. It's always important to step in and help whether anyone has any kind of special time or talent, there's work to be involved or to show people that you care," said Mirtes.
The Knoxville-area Applebee's raised $17,000 total for Make-A-Wish. The company as a whole raised $105,000.