Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants across the country brought their creativity and enthusiasm to the 6th Annual Community Day on April 17, where 10 percent of all restaurant sales and 100 percent of guest donations benefitted the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation.
The restaurants took it upon themselves to make the day their own, hosting contests, entertaining families and of course, enjoying great food! In Minneapolis, dozens of children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mankato were treated to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. The Portage, Indiana, restaurant held a “no hands” ice-cream eating competition. In Illinois, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago honored six Junior Youth of the Year award recipients for their achievements and leadership roles. And the Joilet, Illinois, managers even took time to volunteer at the local Boys & Girls Clubs between the lunch and dinner rush.
“We’re thrilled to see the enthusiasm and support our team members and guests have for Community Day.
Participating in team sports provides kids with invaluable life skills, and we are proud that Community Day allows us to increase access to sports for all kids.” Stuart Brown, Executive Director, Inspire Brands Foundation
The system-wide leader in fundraising efforts went to the Buffalo Wild Wings in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where General Manager Leticia Sosa-Carver held face painting for children and raffled off a grill, in addition to other prizes.
Leticia and her team are so passionate about giving back to their community, they even coordinated individual efforts to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America through additional Community Day donations.
“Las Cruces is a small community, where everyone knows everyone. I grew up walking to the Boys & Girls Clubs from school, so this really hits home to be able to support them.” Leticia Sosa-Carver, General Manager, Buffalo Wild Wings
Thanks to the passion at each sports bar and the generosity of guests, more than $800,000 was raised in support of local youth sports.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation provides youth access to sports through partnerships with great organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As part of their Team Up For Kids initiative, the Foundation is on track to raise at least $23 million by 2020 to enable more kids and teens access to play team sports.