MINNEAPOLIS - October 1, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today Buffalo Wild Wings® announced the kickoff of their annual pinup fundraiser during the month of October that encourages restaurant Guests to help support youth sports programs at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. All Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants will donate 100 percent of the purchase amount for every paper pinup purchased in-restaurant from October 1-31. Donations will go towards grants to help fund sports teams and facility improvement projects in local Clubs, as part of the company's Team Up for Kids® mission.
The paper pinups can be purchased for a minimum donation of $1 and will be posted throughout restaurants. Guests can also donate at www.buffalowildwings.com/giving. In addition to the pinup program, Buffalo Wild Wings is also donating $1 from each limited-time offer bottle of Bourbon Honey Mustard, Ghost Pepper and Southwest Ranch sauce sold in restaurants during September and October to the Team Up for Kids mission.
This year, Buffalo Wild Wings is increasing the impact of its Team Up for Kids mission from 2014, giving 37,000 kids the opportunity to belong to a team through 200 ALL STARS grants. As part of its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Buffalo Wild Wings provides Clubs with ALL STARS grants to add or improve flag and tackle football and cheer programs for boys and girls. The grants include funding, team jerseys, a recognition program and access to coach training through nationally-recognized coaching organizations.
In addition, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate up to $40,000 to each of 17 local Boys & Girls Club organizations receiving ALL STARS grants to add grants for basketball leagues and special projects such as sport field and gymnasium renovations to improve sports programming.
"We are excited we are able to continue to expand our Team Up for Kids mission in 2015 with the addition of basketball and facility grants to help Clubs build successful and sustainable sports programs. An additional 9,000 kids will benefit from ALL STARS grants this year, helping us achieve our goal of giving more than 100,000 kids the chance to belong to a team by 2017," said Mary Twinem, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Buffalo Wild Wings. "This is our third year of partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and we're thrilled to help provide year-round sports programming that helps thousands of kids experience the benefits of team sports and belonging to a team."
In 2014, Buffalo Wild Wings' partnership enabled more than 28,000 kids to participate on flag and tackle football and cheer teams. The company also awarded Team Up for Kids grants to 10 Clubs across the country. In total, Buffalo Wild Wings donated more than $1.8 million in 2014 to BGCA and has committed to donate at least $6 million through 2017.
"Our ongoing partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings has helped us increase the number of kids we serve in our communities, while improving Club facilities and sports programs for our youth," said Jennifer Bateman, national vice president of Program, Training and Youth Development with BGCA. "The ALL STARS and Team Up for Kids grants support our goal of helping as many kids and teens as possible to become part of a team and build self-confidence and life skills."
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 4,100 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.
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 1,130 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.
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 $6 million for BGCA by 2017. 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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