More than 900 restaurants across the country donated a portion of
total sales to local Clubs as part of their Team Up for Kids™ mission
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–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
About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids
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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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Heather Leiferman, 952-278-9553