MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Buffalo Wild Wings® (NASDAQ: BWLD) announced that 1,050 of its U.S. and Canadian-based restaurants, in partnership with Guests, raised $1,131,585 during its annual fundraising promotion in October – representing a 49% increase over last year. The donation 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.
Throughout October, Guests had the ability to purchase paper pinups in restaurants for a minimum of $1 and could also donate by visiting www.buffalowildwings.com/giving. Local company-owned restaurants that raised the most donations via pinups included Duluth, MN, Spring, TX, and Lake Worth, TX and franchise restaurants were Grand Forks, ND, Culpeper, VA, and Wilmington, NC.
For the first time, Buffalo Wild Wings also donated $1 from each “Limited Time Only” bottle of Bourbon Honey Mustard and Ghost Pepper sauce sold in restaurants during September and October. More than $178,000 was generated as part of the fundraising promotion through the sale of the two sauces, which were brought back to restaurants through a Twitter vote among fans.
“We’d like to thank all of our loyal Guests who contributed to our fundraiser this year through our pinup program, online donations and sauce bottle sales,” said Mary Twinem, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Buffalo Wild Wings. “Each year our Guests rally around our Team Up for Kids mission, helping create new opportunities for local Boys & Girls Clubs in communities across the country and ultimately, giving more kids the opportunity to belong to a team,” stated Twinem.
Buffalo Wild Wings has committed to helping more than 100,000 kids play team sports by donating and raising more than $6 million for BGCA by 2017.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
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.
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 1,130 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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