Local Man Receives National Award and $15k Prize
Wayback Burgers and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Team up to Give Back on ‘Giving Tuesday’
December 01, 2020 // Franchising.com // CHESHIRE, Conn. - ‘Giving Tuesday’ (December 1) is a surprise day of receiving for an unassuming yet inspiring man from Tracy, California. Junior Cueva, Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club in the small town of Tracy, was chosen from more than 4,700 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide by Wayback Burgers as the recipient of this year’s “Wayback Gives Back Award.”
As a proud partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Wayback Burgers is not only giving 10 percent of all sales on “Giving Tuesday” to the national organization, they are also surprising one Club employee who has gone above and beyond for Club members during this incredibly challenging pandemic year. On December 1, Junior will be surprised at Boys & Girls Club in Tracy with a prize check of $15,000 for the Club, a catered Wayback Burgers lunch party, and free Wayback Burgers meals for a year! The members are so excited to help pull off this surprise!
When the Clubs shut down in March, Junior immediately stepped up and led the creation of a virtual program, which included coordinating technology donations and making home deliveries of computers, monitors and headphones to Club families. Through those home visits, he saw more unmet needs and spearheaded Drive-Up Club Giveaways every Friday. Junior coordinated the giveaway of backpacks, school supplies, masks, and sanitizers, and distributed more than 5,000 boxes of food. He also took on the tedious and exhausting task of preparing the Club to safely welcome kids back for the school year. They are now using the Club as a virtual learning classroom during the day for children who are in the most need.
“We embrace and support the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America all year long,” said Pat Conlin, President of Wayback Burgers. But the “Wayback Gives Back Award” allows us to recognize in a special way the difference one individual can make. While there are many wonderful and worthy Club employees, Junior stood out as someone who has made a tremendous impact on the lives of the families he serves in Tracy. When we heard his story and learned about his herculean and selfless efforts to stay connected to and serve at-risk kids during this pandemic, we knew he deserved this award.”
It will be an emotional and uplifting day as the Club kids surprise and celebrate one of their own!
Club Member to Club Mentor
Junior has been an inspiration to Club members even before the pandemic. He inspires them every day because he used to be one of them. Junior started going to the Tracy Club when he was 14 years old and on the wrong path. Once the Club came into his life, he had a home and a staff that never gave up on him. Junior started volunteering in the gym and became a referee. When he turned 18, he was hired as the Athletic Director. He moved up through the ranks to Unit Director and is now Director of Operations. Junior grew up in the Club, and now he is an amazing leader and mentor to his staff and the kids. Not only does Junior give everything he has to the Club, he is also the Varsity Basketball Coach for Tracy High School, where he has helped numerous student-athletes receive basketball scholarships, enabling them to go to college and pursue their dreams. He has done plenty of giving, and now it is time for him to receive!
“Junior will be ecstatic to have a donation made in his name to the Club that saved his life!” said Kelly Wilson, Area Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy. “The $15,000 award will enable us to continue the pandemic relief efforts our kids and families desperately need. Junior has changed the lives of so many kids, and they are going to be so thrilled to see Junior being recognized. They see what he did with his life, and they want to do the same thing.”
You’re Invited (Ssshhhh… it’s a surprise)!*
- What: Surprise Celebration for Junior Cueva – Recipient of the $15k “Wayback Gives Back Award.”
- When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
- 11:45 a.m.: Wayback Burgers arrives to surprise Junior with lunch, BIG $15k check, and Wayback Burgers for a year!
- Where: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tracy
753 W Lowell Ave, Tracy, CA 95376
- Why: Wayback Burgers is proud to participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 by honoring Junior Cueva and giving $15,000 to the Club that he has given so much to, PLUS sharing proceeds from the day’s sales nationwide with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
*Invited media will have access to the surprise party, check presentation, and virtual learning classes, plus interviews with Junior, Club kids, and the Wayback Burgers and Boys & Girls Club staff. All media opportunities and interviews will be conducted with masks and proper social distancing. Virtual interviews are also available.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are controlling the number of outside visitors to the Club. Please RESERVE A SPOT. If you would like us to provide photos and video of the event, we can accommodate you. Please ask.
About Wayback Burgers
Founded in 1991 in Newark, Delaware, Wayback Burgers is a Connecticut-based fast-casual franchise with a reputation for cooked to order burgers and thick, hand-dipped milkshakes, served in an environment that hearkens back to a simpler place and time — when customer service meant something and everyone felt the warmth of the community. Wayback Burgers currently operates in 31 states with over 166 locations nationally and internationally in Brunei, Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Pakistan, The Netherlands, and Manitoba, Canada. Through its executed international franchise agreements, Wayback Burgers plans to open in 38 provinces/countries, including the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Bangladesh, Ireland, Germany, and, in Canada, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Currently, there are LOIs for Japan.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,700 Clubs serve 4.6 million young people 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 and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54% said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.
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