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SOURCE Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Funds raised from pinups and wristbands purchased in-restaurant will go to support sports programs that help shape Club members values on and off the field
ATLANTA, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that Buffalo Wild Wings, with Guests, raised more than $1.1 million during its annual fundraising promotion in October. The donation will create team sports opportunities for hundreds of Boys & Girls Clubs across the country in 2018. As part of its Team Up for Kids® initiative and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the company donated 100 percent of every paper pinup purchased in-restaurant in October to support Boys & Girls Club youth sports experiences that imparts valuable life lessons that translate on and off the field.
Buffalo Wild Wings has raised and donated over $14 million to-date through its Team Up for Kids mission for its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support ALL STARS grants. From sportsmanship and teamwork, to a sense of unity developed within the ALL STARS programming the support from Buffalo Wild Wings is giving thousands of youth the opportunity to learn skills that will help them grow into productive, caring and responsible citizens.
"Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission is to be a place where children and teens participate in programs and experiences that prepare them to become the best version of themselves," said Jennifer Bateman, National Vice President, Health, Wellness and Gender with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "By supporting our sports programs, the Buffalo Wild Wings ALL STARS grants are helping kids and teens not only get moving but learn the critical values and life lessons needed to shape a great future for themselves."
In 2017, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings is enabling more than 170,000 kids and teens to participate in team sports through ALL STARS programs at club across the country. In total, Buffalo Wild Wings has committed to donating more than $20 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through 2020.
"We're proud of our Fans, Team Members and Franchisees who came together in support of the ALL STARS programming to help provide thousands of kids an opportunity to be a part of a team." said Emily Decker, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Buffalo Wild Wings.
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 4,200 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 1,230 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 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 $20 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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