Buffalo Wild Wings Donates $730,000 to Local Boys & Girls Clubs Through Community Day Event
Buffalo Wild Wings today announced that it donated more than $730,000 as part of its annual Community Day fundraiser that supports local Boys & Girls Clubs through the Team Up for Kids™ mission. On April 13, 2016, more than 900 restaurants donated at least 10 percent of their total in-restaurant sales to support youth sports opportunities at Boys & Girls Clubs in their community, while Guests made additional donations. This year's Community Day fundraising total represents an increase of 35 percent over 2015.
Participating restaurants hosted a variety of activities to encourage Guest participation in Community Day, such as games, raffles, stunts, and wing-eating contests. Kids and volunteers from local Clubs also visited restaurants and participated in activities such as seating Guests and thanking customers at the door. One group of Club kids even gave drumline performances at several restaurants.
"At Buffalo Wild Wings, we always look forward to Community Day because it's a great way for restaurants and Guests to engage with their local Boys & Girls Clubs and support our vision to build communities where all kids can thrive, compete and belong to a team," said Emily Decker, senior vice-president and general counsel of Buffalo Wild Wings. "We'd like to extend a big ‘thank you' to all who participated to make this year's event the most successful one yet, helping us create opportunities for kids and teens, and supporting Clubs and their critical youth programming."
To extend its support of Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will offer a limited edition branded wristband during the month of October for a minimum $5 donation. The donations will help train coaches and provide uniforms and equipment to young athletes as part of the ALL STARS program.
Now in its fourth year, Buffalo Wild Wings' Team Up for Kids mission and partnership with BGCA supports youth sports through ALL STARS grants for hundreds of flag or tackle football, basketball, cheer, and dance teams at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. It also provides Team Up for Kids™ grants of $26,000 to support special Club projects, such as sports field and other facility renovations.
In 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings' partnership enabled 60,000 kids and teens to participate on teams. The company also awarded grants to 17 Clubs across the country. In total, Buffalo Wild Wings, along with its Guests, donated more than $2.8 million to BGCA. The company has extended its commitment through 2020 and will donate at least $2 million each year.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,190 Buffalo Wild Wings locations around the world.
Buffalo Wild Wings' charitable giving mission – TEAM UP FOR KIDS™ – centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. We are committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this mission, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year. Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating and raising at least $16 million for BGCA by 2020. Guests can join the effort through donations from sauce and seasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.
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