MINNEAPOLIS - May 12, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants across the country raised nearly $370,000 on Community Day to support their local Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Team Up for Kids™ initiative. Six hundred participating restaurants donated 10 percent of their total in-restaurant sales during the April 9 fundraiser to a Club in their local community. Guests also had the opportunity to make additional donations.
The restaurants hosted a variety of fun activities to encourage Guest participation in Community Day, such as raffle drawings for prizes, a rubber duck derby, neighborhood safety presentations and one general manager even walked on a treadmill all day to encourage Guests to sponsor him through additional donations. Local Boys & Girls Clubs participated at many restaurants with information booths and, at some locations, Boys & Girls Club cheer teams performed routines for Guests.
"On behalf of Buffalo Wild Wings, we'd like to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you' to all of our Guests who came out to support their local Boys & Girls Clubs," said Mary Twinem, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Buffalo Wild Wings. "Through Community Day, we were able to support local Clubs in hundreds of communities where we do business. This local support is a valuable complement to our national ALL STARS program with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and it helped our restaurants connect with their local Clubs and build a foundation for additional support in the future."
Now in its second year, Buffalo Wild Wings' partnership with BGCA supports youth sports through ALL STARS grants for flag and tackle football and cheer teams at hundreds of Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Buffalo Wild Wings donated more than $1.5 million in 2013 to BGCA and will donate at least $1 million each year through 2016. In 2014, Buffalo Wild Wings' partnership will enable more than 25,000 kids to participate on flag and tackle football and cheer teams.
For more than 100 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 4,000 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, 57 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.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. There are currently more than 1,010 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across all 50 states in the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico.
Buffalo Wild Wings' charitable giving initiative - 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 initiative, 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 $4 million for BGCA by 2016. 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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