Local Charity Wins $30K for Kids

By Adam Chick

Local Charity Wins $30K for Kids

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local charity walks away with a big award. The Wendy's Walk for Kids, which takes place on the final day of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, has won the Champion's Tour charity of the year award.

The Wendy's Walk started in 2009 to raise money for local kids. It raised about $40,000 in that first year, and it's grown each year since. In 2012, the Walk raised nearly $190,000, which is distributed to charities like The Children's Home, A Room to Heal and the Institute for Child Development.

"To me it's a win for the community. And the community has given so much to the Wendy's Walk for Kids, to the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, and the support and the love that we've been shown," said Wendy's Walk co-founder, Keli Cooper.

In addition to the award, the Wendy's Walk was also given $30,000 by the Champion's Tour. That money will be distributed to various local charities.