Local Hooters Donates $54k to Moffitt Cancer Center in Support of Breast Cancer Research

July 25, 2016

Tampa, FL – On Friday, July 22, Hooters Management Corp. (HMC) presented a donation of $54,470.64 to Moffitt Cancer Center. 

The donation amount represents funds raised at HMC-owned Hooters restaurants this past October, during the “Give a Hoot” campaign. Give a Hoot is held annually in honor of HMC’s own Kelly Jo Dowd, who was a Hooters Girl, 1995 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl, and ultimately the Palm Harbor restaurant general manager, before succumbing to terminal breast cancer in 2007. 

The presentation took place in the Gruden Huddle Room in Moffitt’s McKinley Outpatient Center. The event included, James J. Mulé Ph.D., associate center director, Translational Research, Moffitt Cancer Center; Abby Jones, breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma survivor; Edward C. Droste, Hooters co-founder; Leah Ramker Roberts, Hooters promotions and marketing director; Original Hooters Girl Lynne Austin; and local Hooters Girls. Lunch, provided by Hooters, was served.

Dowd was one of the original Hooters Girls. In 2002, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and despite radical and aggressive treatment, on May 24, 2007, she died. Dowd spent her last five years battling this dreaded disease. Through her courageous, selfless struggle, she became an advocate for early detection, education and fundraising in the battle against breast cancer in the Hooters organization.

Hooters’ Give a Hoot program is now in its 10th year. The 2015 campaign raised a Hooters-wide total of $812,976, bringing the campaign’s national total to date to more than $4 million.

Donations were collected nationwide in conjunction with the
V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Each Hooters franchisee group then designated its local choice of the cancer research center to which 100 percent of the money they raised was donated.

For additional photos or information, contact Lizz Harmon at 813-288-6909 (office), 813-477-4690 (cell), or lizz@lizzharmon.com.

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About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

About Hooters Management Corp.
Located in Clearwater, in 1983, Hooters Management Corp. launched the Original Hooters in Clearwater, and now owns and operates 24 restaurants in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Manhattan. For more information, visit originalhooters.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/originalhooters, or follow them on Twitter @originalhooters.