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January 20, 2013

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Terre Haute

Company sells Rally’s to Checker’s

Sidal, Inc. has agreed to sell its Rally’s franchise operations to Checker’s Drive-In Restaurant Inc.

Sidal, Inc. was founded in 1987 by brothers Sid and Al Ruckriegel, with the opening of their first Rally’s franchise in Terre Haute. The success of this initial venture served as the cornerstone for their stores today throughout the state of Indiana and northeastern and central Illinois. Sidal, Inc. continues its business operations of 25 Papa Johns restaurants and 20 real estate properties, leased to Checker’s Drive-In Restaurant Inc.

“The sale of the Rally’s franchise operations was a decision that will provide business opportunities for both organizations,” said Al Ruckriegel. “Our company’s solid foundation of restaurant experience provides strong roots for future expansion and development.”

Checker’s Drive-In Restaurants Inc. is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States and serves more than 2 million hamburgers a week. Checker’s currently operates about 770 restaurant locations, more than 300 of which are company owned. Visit Checker’s Drive-in Restaurant at


Terre Haute

Foundation seeks grant applications

Old National Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Old National Bank, is accepting applications for its current grant cycle.

The Foundation’s primary focus areas are community and economic development and education programs that address critical community needs.

The Foundation offers two competitive grant programs: community partnership grants and strategic grants.

The strategic grants program provides grants of $5,000 or more to eligible nonprofit organizations to support initiatives directly aligned with the funding priorities of the foundation, awarded twice per year. The upcoming deadline is Feb. 1.

The community partnership grants program provides  grants of up to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations to support immediate project-based needs, accepted on a rolling basis.

In 2012, the Old National Bank Foundation awarded more than $800,000 to 134 nonprofit organizations in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

More information about the foundation’s funding priorities, application guidelines and other information is available at

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