2016 Hooters Calendar Launch Party at Hooters of Manhattan Kicks off #GiveAHoot fundraising efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Atlanta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) Hooters Girls are asking America to #GiveAHoot in the fight against breast cancer during its month-long October fundraising campaign in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With more than 17,000 Hooters Girls around the globe and a workforce made up of 70 percent women, Hooters is committed to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. After a record-setting fundraising campaign in 2014, raising more than $650,000 in the fight against breast cancer, Hooters Girls are setting the bar even higher with a goal of $1 million this year.
Hooters will officially kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a launch party for the 2016 Hooters Calendar at the Hooters of Manhattan, located at 115 West 33rd Street, on October 1 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The launch party will bring the calendar to life with eight featured Hooters Girls signing calendars, including 2015 Miss Hooters International and 2016 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl, Meagan Pastorchik. Lunch and Happy Hour signings will also be held on October 2, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m., respectively. Hooters donates $1 from each calendar sold to support the #GiveAHoot campaign to fight breast cancer.
Beyond the kickoff party in Manhattan, Hooters will mobilize women in communities across America with the nationwide Hooters Girl Alumnae Party, held at every U.S. Hooters location on October 3. Hooters fans are invited to attend the alumnae parties to help show their support of the fundraising initiative. To learn more about local Hooters fundraising events, find your nearest Hooters location at www.hooters.com/locations.
Every Hooters location across the U.S. will support the #GiveAHoot campaign during October through several fundraising programs that invite guests to:
- Snag the 2016 HOOTERS CALENDAR, with $1 from each calendar sold benefiting the campaign
- Grab a PINK BRACELET with a donation and write-in the name of someone you support
- Enjoy one of several PINK DRINKS created to raise awareness and funds
- PINK UP your check when you visit Hooters. Add a cash or credit card donation to your check, or visit Give.Hooters.com to donate online
- BID on a one-of-a-kind Hooters Monster Truck at Give.Hooters.com
- SPREAD THE WORD through social channels, use the hashtag #GiveAHoot to share photos and messages of support
The 2015 Give A Hoot fundraising effort will benefit the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund and other local beneficiaries. The Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund was developed in honor of the late Kelly Jo Dowd, one of the original Hooters Girls who graced the cover of the 1995 Hooters Calendar. Always an inspiration to her fellow Hooters Girls, Kelly Jo valiantly battled breast cancer for five years before succumbing on May 24, 2007. Throughout her struggle she was courageous and selfless, becoming an advocate for early detection, education and fundraising. Her influence on Hooters culture of service remains as strong as ever. Hooters Girls have raised more than $2 million to support breast cancer research, much of it through the grant in Kelly Jo’s name to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations. These grants honor Kelly Jo and further her mission to educate all women, especially her extended family consisting of some 300,000 current and former Hooters Girls, about the importance of early detection and prevention.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide with 100 percent of direct cash donations funding cancer research. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. For more information about The V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
For more information about the Hooters #GiveAHoot fundraising campaign, visit Give.Hooters.com. To find the nearest Hooters location to make a donation or attend a fundraising event, visit Hooters.com.
About Hooters of America, LLC
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 400 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooters, www.Facebook.com/Hooters, www.Instagram.com/Hooters or on Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.