Wings Etc. Gaffney owners raising funds to help surviving Phillips family members

On Oct. 11-13, Wings Etc. Gaffney will donate 10 percent of all food and soft drink sales to the Phillips family, who lost three beloved members within a six-day period last month.

GAFFNEY, S.C. (Oct. 4, 2021)— A Gaffney family tragedy has compelled local sports bar owners to organize a fundraiser for the dates of Monday, Oct. 11 through Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Pictured are Metz, John, and Renee Phillips.

In mid-September, news spread of the deaths of three Gaffney family members: Metz (71), Renee (62), and John (34) Phillips, all of whom died of complications from COVID-19. Upon hearing the news of the tragedy, Heidi and Mackie Flood, owners of the Wings Etc. Gaffney, S.C. franchise, felt compelled to organize a “Dine To Donate“ event at their local pub. During the three-day fundraiser, Wings Etc. Gaffney will donate 10 percent of all non-alcohol sales to help Gaffney native Tim Phillips (brother of John, and son of Metz and Renee) with medical bills and final expenses.

“We are deeply saddened by this heartbreaking loss in our community,” said Heidi Flood. “Tim and his wife Erica and daughter Isabel are in our thoughts, and we are committed to helping as much as possible.”

Those interested in helping Wings Etc. raise money for the Phillips family in their time of need can visit Wings Etc. Gaffney at 1541 W. Floyd Baker Blvd. in Gaffney on Oct. 11-13 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ten percent of all food and non-alcoholic beverages through dine-in and carry-out orders during the Dine to Donate will be directly donated to Tim Phillips and his family.

About the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Franchise Opportunity

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana, area, Wings Etc. is a family-friendly grill and pub with a diverse menu featuring award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, over 20 signature sauces and rubs, premium burgers, wraps, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, subs, kids meals, over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap, dozens of large HDTVs tuned to sports programming, and a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe” that makes people want to just come in and hang out. In addition to its popular sports programming, menu, and beverage options, Wings Etc. offers weekday lunch and food specials, online ordering, and much more.

Franchising since 2004, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub has been named one of Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future Franchises,” has been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” for several years, and was named a 2020 “Culture 100 Best of the Best” franchise by Franchise Business Review. In June 2021, Wings Etc. was named a “Top 200 Food Franchise” and a “Top 500 North American Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Wings Etc. continues to grow and succeed by partnering with franchise operators who share the Wings Etc. Vision, Mission, and Values, a commitment to building a successful business while helping build stronger communities and people (and to having fun!).

Wings Etc. offers single and multi-unit franchise options. The initial franchise fee is $39,500, with a $200,000 liquid cash investment, and $500,000 minimum net worth requirement for interested prospects. Wings Etc. offers one of the lowest startup costs and break-even franchise opportunities in the full-service restaurant segment. Priority growth markets include Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida. For more information about the Wings Etc. franchise opportunity, visit