• BCI Adds BBQ for the 21st Annual Wing Ding

    Event is Thursday, June 20th; BCI Currently Seeking Participating Restaurants, Sponsors 
    Boone Center Inc. (BCI) is expanding the 21st Annual Wing Ding by adding barbecue to the all-you-can-eat menu. Restaurants and sponsors are being actively recruited now for the Thursday, June 20th fundraiser taking place at the St. Charles Family Arena.

    “All-you-can-eat chicken wings will always be the heart of the Wing Ding,” said BCI CEO Tony Spielberg. “But this year, we are spicing things up by adding barbecue. Our ticketed guests get another food to enjoy while more of our fantastic, local restaurants get a chance to participate, all in support of a great cause.”

    So far, the response has been favorable. Brewskeez Smokehouse & Music, winner of both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards last year, has already signed up as a participating restaurant for wings. A new participant, Cooper’s American Pub & Grill, was the first to sign up under the new barbecue category.

    Participation is being limited to 10 each for wings and barbecue, for a total of 20 restaurants. Prizes will be awarded under both categories. Restaurants signing up before April 1st will receive special incentives including a $250 food credit, two volunteer servers, and four free Wing Ding tickets to use for in-restaurant promotion.

    Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $200 to $15,000 are also available. Complete details are available online at www.boonecenter.com/wing-ding.

    The Wing Ding, the “biggest and best charity happy hour in town,” is historically held the third Thursday in June and is BCI’s largest fundraiser. The Wing Ding was first held in 1999 and raises awareness and money for the organization and its efforts to provide and expand employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

    Tickets to the Wing Ding can be purchased beginning Wednesday, March 20th at www.bciwingding.com.

    For more information on becoming a participating restaurant, please contact Niki Lane at 636-875-5244 or nlane@boonecenter.com. For more information on becoming an event sponsor, please contact Elke Buckland at 636-875-5267 or ebuckland@boonecenter.com.

    About BCI
    Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) works to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of productive and fulfilling employment. BCI was founded in 1959 by two women driven by a desire to better serve employment needs for individuals with disabilities. Today, BCI is a national advocate for disability employment. The nonprofit’s Employment Continuum Model focuses on full employment that provides ongoing support so that men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities may gain access to job of their choice and ability. BCI employs over 300 adults with disabilities at its production facilities and through its competitive employment programs. In January 2019, BCI opened the Skills Center, a first-of-its-kind vocational training facility for people with disabilities. The Skills Center partners directly with local businesses to expand their workforce, provide new, competitive, integrated employment opportunities to those living with disabilities, and advance inclusion and diversity in our community.

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