We are sad the Houston Rockets season came to an end a little sooner than we all hoped, but we are proud of the giant plays they made in the NBA playoffs. In honor of an incredible season, we are excited to share a fun story with you!
Local Wendy’s franchise owner, Ricki Oberoi, generously hosted more than 10 of the kids enrolled in our child-focused recruitment program. He hosted them in a suite during an April Rockets game and took them shopping in the team store. We are so grateful for donors, like Ricki, who provide special opportunities for our kids. As you know, most kids in foster care would never get the chance to experience a Houston Rockets game, let alone from a suite. We are so grateful for community partners, and that’s why we decided to spotlight Ricki. He was nice enough to answer some of our questions and talk more about his passions for his Wendy’s franchises and giving back to those in foster care. Here’s what Ricki had to say:
How long have you owned Wendy’s franchises? How many do you own? Where are they located?
- Since 1996 when I bought my first location. Now, we have 12 stores in the Houston area.
What drew you to the Wendy’s brand?
- My mother requested the applications and made me fill them out. The rest is history. (Listen to your mother!)
What have you done with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in the past?
- We talk about the Foundation wherever we can and whenever we are invited to do so. We do fundraisers in our stores and in April, we were able to host the WWK recruiters and few children in the WWK program to a Houston Rockets game. It was thrilling for us to be able to treat them to a fun night out.
Tell us a little bit more about the Houston Rockets night. What was your favorite part of the evening?
- Because we are sponsors of the Rockets, we were offered a suite to host the recruiters and children. The entire evening we were just in awe. We wanted to be sure they had something to remember the evening so we took them to the Rockets team store. They were all so cautious about not picking out the most expensive item and asking if it was, “ok.” Of course it’s ok, we wanted them to get whatever they wanted!
What does it mean to you to be able to give back in this way?
- It’s the right thing to do. My wife and I have been very lucky in life. Both of us came from humble beginnings, but we had great parents to guide us to success.
Do you have a personal connection to foster care or adoption? If so, would you like to share more?
- My cousin adopted two young girls from orphanages in India (our ethnic origin).
Thank you so much, Ricki! The April game supplied so many smiles for our kids. Take a look at the photos: