ENDICOTT, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2010) -- Representatives from area organizations were on hand today to receive a total of $81,000 in donations from the second Annual Wendy's Walk for Kids, which took place in June at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
"Wendy's is honored to be a part of this annual walk at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, which benefits children," event co-founder and local Wendy's franchisee Anne Williams said. "As our founder Dave Thomas said, 'Giving Back is the right thing to do. When you give back, you get something important in return -- the knowledge you've made a positive change in the community and lent a hand to someone in need.'"
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Children's Home, A Room to Heal and the Institute for Child Development can attest to the fact that the Wendy's Walk for Kids has made a positive change in Greater Binghamton. Each of these organizations received $10,000 in 2009 from the inaugural Wendy's Walk for Kids and have been presented with $20,000 each today.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption plans to use the funds they received to continue their support of a Wendy's Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter in Binghamton. "So many children find themselves through no fault of their own in very challenging situations. We are honored to be included with these other organizations that do such fine work for the most vulnerable of our population," says Jeff Coghlan, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption trustee.
Rebecca Mebert, Vice President of Community and Donor Relations at the Children's Home, is thankful once again to allocate the donation towards improvements in the living areas and facilities for the children at the home. Mebert said, "The Wendy's Walk for Kids, working cooperatively with the Dick's Open, is not only a great way for people to focus on several children's organizations at once but it sets an example of how together we can make a positive impact for hundreds of children in our area."
Linda Salomons, co-founder of a Room to Heal, echoed Mebert's sentiment and added, "through the donations from the Wendy's Walk for Kids, we have realized the potential for our organization's growth. Now approaching our sixth year, we are in need of our own "home" for a Room to Heal and with these funds, we will be able to move into an office! This is a huge step in securing the future of our organization." A portion of the donation in 2009 helped fund a room project for Dillon, a 7-year old boy being treated for T-cell non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
"We are thrilled that the Wendy's Walk has garnered this much awareness and support in just two years time. The tournament continually looks for ways to increase charitable donations to our community, and the Wendy's Walk is doing a terrific job of helping us do that," tournament director John Karedes said.
The Dick's Sporting Goods Open and Wendy's representatives announced that they will be walking yet again at the 2011 Champions Tour event in Endicott. Over 300 people walked in the Wendy's Walk for Kids during the Final Round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Course in June. Organizers hope to have 500 walkers raising $100,000 for the 2011 Wendy's Walk for Kids, which will benefit: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, The Magic Paintbrush Project, The Discovery Center and area Boys & Girls Clubs.
For more information or to get involved in the Walk, visit www.wendyswalk.com.