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

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

$250,000 Allotted to Local Children’s Charities



ENDICOTT, NY- Representatives from local children’s charity organizations assembled to receive $250,000 in donations from the 6th Annual Wendy’s Walk for Kids, which took place in August at the 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.


The 2014 recipients are the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, ACHIEVE, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and the JCC of Binghamton. 


“Through the success of The Wendy’s Walk for Kids fundraising efforts, we surpassed our goal for 2014,” 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 $250,000 contribution is a result of core fundraising events put on year-round, $19,480 of which was raised as a result of the “Play with a Pro” squeeze ball promotion, which took place before the Friday Evening Zac Brown Band Concert.  Additionally, a $1,000 bonus will be given to the charity that raised the greatest amount of money.


"Each year, the Wendy's Walk for Kids is one of the most successful charitable initiatives on the Champions Tour," said Champions Tour COO Miller Brady.  "The effort put forth by Wendy's and the  DICK’S Sporting Goods Open in reaching record donations serves as a great reminder of the things that can be accomplished when a community works together."


Since its inception in 2009, the Wendy’s Walk for Kids has donated over $965,000 to local charities.  The Walk itself has shown tremendous growth, from 150 walkers in 2009 to over 900 walkers in 2014.  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 $250,000 being distributed to this year’s charities.

The money received today will be put to excellent use in the community.  “We are incredibly thankful to have been a part of the Wendy’s Walk for Kids,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “As a result of this donation, we will be able to provide more than 120,000 meals to students participating in our BackPack Program™.” Thompson added that the donation will underwrite more than 50% of BackPacks distributed in Broome County this school year. The Food Bank’s BackPack Program provides 875 Broome County students with a pack of nutritious, easy to prepare foods each week over weekends and holiday breaks.

“ACHIEVE plans to allocate the funds to support its Children’s Summer Program, which has been providing important services in Broome County for over 60 years to more than 100 school-aged children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities,”  shared Mary Jo Thorne, CEO of ACHIEVE. 

“As one of the recipient agencies of this year’s ‘Wendy’s Walk for Kids’ funds, I’d like to thank everyone responsible for creating this amazing fundraising vehicle to help serve the children of our community,” said Sheryl Brumer, JCC Executive Director. “As a not for profit, human service organization, that depends on the generosity of local businesses and individuals to provide needed services to the community at large, we are forever grateful.  This event is a shining example of what can be accomplished when a small group of passionate people get together and decide to make something happen. We will be using the funds to enhance our youth programming, including sports, recreation leagues, summer camp, and daycare programs.  What an incredible gift we have been given by a wonderful organization.”  

“We are honored to be a part of the amazing Wendy's Walk for Kids that generates critical funds for children's causes. At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, this effort will help us to assure safe, loving and permanent adoptive homes for children in foster care in Binghamton and across New York,” enthused Rita Soronen, CEO & President of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.   

The 2015 Wendy’s Walk for Kids will be held on Sunday, August 30th during the Final Round of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.  In addition to the Dave Thomas Foundation, the 2015 recipients are Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, and OurSpace at Rec Park.  The Wendy’s Walk for Kids welcomes everyone in the community to join them in 2015.  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, 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 2015 Sponsorship opportunities.