Wendy's Walk for Kids to Distribute Largest Charitable Donation to Date


FOR RELEASE: 2:15 PM November 21, 2013
Wendy’s Walk for Kids to Distribute Largest Charitable Donation to Date
Over $245,000 Allotted to Local Children’s Charities
ENDICOTT, NY- Representatives from local children’s charity organizations assembled to receive $245,370 in donations from the 5th Annual Wendy’s Walk for Kids, which took place in August at the 2013 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.
The 2013 recipients are the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Handicapped Children’s Association, the Broome County Urban League, and Mom’s House. 
“Through the success of The Wendy’s Walk for Kids fundraising efforts, we surpassed our goal for 2013,” said event Co-Founder and local Wendy’s franchisee, Anne Williams. “Each year, we’ve been able to increase the amount of assistance provided to local children’s programs who are the foundation on building a more valuable and resilient future for the youth of Broome County.”
The total contribution is derived from three sources. $225,000 was raised from the core fundraising events put on year-round. $19,370 was raised as a result of the “Play with a Pro” squeeze ball promotion, which took place before the Friday Evening Tim McGraw Concert. Additionally, a $1,000 bonus will be given to the charity that raised the greatest amount of money.
"On behalf of our players, I want to congratulate the Wendy's Walk for Kids on an outstanding year," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens.  "To see our 2012 Charity of the Year recipient further increase their charitable donations through one of our best events, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, is truly inspiring.  We look forward to working with them in 2014 to further enhance this great cause."
Since its inception in 2009, the Wendy’s Walk for Kids has donated over $700,000 to local charities. With its tremendous growth, from 150 walkers in 2009 to over 780 walkers in 2013, this year the Wendy’s Walk for Kids will exceed their highest contribution by nearly $50,000. While the walk, at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, is the signature event of the organization, year-round fundraisers such as the Binghamton Senators Charity Golf Classic, area restaurant nights, game nights with the Binghamton Mets and much more, are the additional efforts that helped raise the substantial $245,000 being distributed to this year’s charities.
The money received today will be put to excellent use in the community. Mom’s House will put the donation towards their mission of providing free quality childcare to low-income, single parents pursing their academic goals.  The Handicapped Children’s Association will be using the money to enhance all of their programs, including preschool, clinic, and residential services. The Broome County Urban League plans to focus their funds on providing support and essential services to effectively meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable children, youth and families and to enable minorities and the urban poor to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights.  
President and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Rita Soronen exclaimed, “The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is so very grateful to be included in this amazing fundraising effort for children. The funds dedicated to the Foundation from the Wendy’s Walk for Kids are focused on children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the Binghamton area through our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.”

The 2014 Wendy’s Walk for Kids will be held on Sunday, August 17th during the Final Round of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open. In addition to the Dave Thomas Foundation, the 2014 recipients include ACHIEVE, Binghamton Jewish Community Center, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The Wendy’s Walk for Kids welcomes everyone in the community to join them in 2014. For more information, please visit www.WendysWalk.com.  
Weekly Ticket Booklets for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open will go on sale on Friday November 29th. Tickets will available online at www.dsgopen.com and at DICK’S Sporting Goods Stores, Weis Markets, Wegmans and the Oakdale Mall Office. For additional information please call (607) 205-1500.
Please visit www.dsgopen.com for ticket, volunteer, charity, or general information.
Please visit www.dsgopensponsorship.com for 2014 Sponsorship opportunities.
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About Wendy’s Walk for Kids
The Wendy’s Walk for Kids is a non-profit fundraising event taking place during the Final Round of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open. Their mission is to support programs whose purpose is to help children in our community realize their full potential, regardless of their life experiences and current circumstances. As of the 2013 Wendy’s Walk for Kids, they have donated $570,585 to local children’s charities, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. The Company also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a golf specialty retailer. As of August 3, 2013, the Company operated 527 DICK’S Sporting Goods stores in 44 states, 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states and e-commerce web sites and catalog operations for both DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy. DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. news releases are available at http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/investors.
About Broome County Community Charities
Broome County Community Charities, Inc. has been the cornerstone of professional golf in Central New York since the first event was held in 1971. As host of the PGA TOUR's B.C. Open and Champions Tour Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Broome County Community Charities has contributed over $11.7 million to numerous local charities. Our primary charitable recipients are the Lourdes Hospital Foundation and United Health Services Foundation. Additionally, local service clubs such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions who assist in the operation of the tournament, have received substantial dollars for their charitable organizations.  www.dsgopen.com Follow us at Facebook.com/dsgopen and on Twitter @Dicksopengolf.
Media Contact:
Keli Cooper/ Event Coordinator / Wendy’s Walk for Kids