WHAT:  Hooters Management Corp.’s (HMC) presentation of its $46,000 donation to Moffitt Cancer Center, with Hooters lunch to follow. The money will be used to educate providers, advocates and patients about immunotherapy in breast cancer to enhance clinical trial participation.

The donation represents the monies raised in October 2016 during the “Give a Hoot” campaign at HMC-owned Hooters restaurants. “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 breast cancer in 2007.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 10, 2017
 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Moffitt Cancer Center
Gruden Huddle Room, Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center
 10920 N. McKinley Drive
 Tampa, FL 33612

WHO: Available for interviews will be:
• Dr. Brian Czerniecki is Chair and Senior Member in the Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Breast Oncology
• Darby Steadman, breast cancer patient
• Edward C. Droste, Hooters co-founder
• Hooters Girls

WHY:  Kelly Jo Dowd was one of the original Hooters Girls, and in 2002, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite radical and aggressive treatment, on May 24, 2007, Kelly Jo died. She spent her last five years battling the disease, and 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. 


Media contact is Lizz Harmon at 813-477-4690
Please RSVP to lizz@lizzharmon.com

MORE: Hooters started the “Give a Hoot” campaign before Kelly Jo’s passing. Now in its 11th year, the 2016 campaign raised a Hooters-wide total of more than $725,000, bringing the campaign’s national total to nearly $5 million.

Donations were collected nationwide in conjunction with the V Foundation for Cancer Research.  Each Hooters franchisee group then designated a local cancer research center to whom 100 percent of the money they raised was donated.

In 1983, Hooters Management Corp. launched the Original Hooters in Clearwater, and now owns and operates 25 restaurants in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Manhattan. For more information, visit originalhooters.com

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 48
National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation 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. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube