Many of our Hooters Girls volunteer their time to help a wide ranging number of programs such as Breast Cancer Research, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Million Meal, Tri-County Animal Shelter, and SEEK to name but a few.
As part of the Hooters family, we consider it an honor to regularly host events and contribute to worthy local organizations. See below for more information on Hooters Community Support.
Galisano's Childrens Hospital
Each month Hooters Girls visit the children and families of Galisano's Children's Hospital where they feed and play with the kids.
Unable to find a sponsor, this worthy team of physically and mentally challenged young adults reached out to the South Florida Hooters franchise, LTP, for assistance. It was our honor to provide uniforms and participate in the Sunrise Rockies games.
Each week, 4-6 Hooters Girls acted as buddies, guiding the players around the bases. The head coach, a 26-year volunteer for this team, told us that this was the first season that every player showed up to every game, encouraged by the Hooters Girls. One of the parents presented photos of the players and Hooters Girls to each player at the end-of-the-year picnic.
Hooters & Hounds Pet Adoption
On April 22, Hooters hosted their annual pet adoption day at Hooters of Fort Myers. The event was hosted by the Hooters Calendar Girls, the Gulf Coast Humane Society, Lee County Domestic Animal Services, and Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue. Special thanks to all those attended and adopted, 12 furry friends found a forever home!
North Fort Myers High Senior Wins Women's 1/2 Marathon
Congrats to Kayla Easterly, of North Fort Myers High School, the Hooters to Hooters 1/2 Marathon Winner!
Hooters Half Marathon celebrates 10th year
For the 10th year, the Hooters Half Marathon will be run, starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
It’s anticipated that about 1,200 runners will either compete in the event individually or in two-person relay teams. It is a run that often brings some of the better runners from the Midwest who want to get out of the cold as well as those who use the event as a way to train for the Boston Marathon in April.
Presented by Michelob Ultra, the Hooters Half Marathon has raised more than $300,000 for causes, particularly to those related to cancer. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Moffitt Cancer Center, The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund and GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers.
First Pitch at Red Sox vs Yankees
Jordan, child from Galisano's Children's Hospital, threw the first pitch with Sable, Miss Hooters International, at the Red Sox vs Yankees Spring Training Game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers!
Hooters Hits Home Run with Little League
Hooters Girls in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach and Fort Myers raised money for the Cape Coral Little League. Hooters General Manager and Partner Ed Kenny presented a $3,000 donation to the league Saturday. “We enjoy helping our local community and getting involved in youth athletic teams and charities," said Kenny.
Cape Coral National (CCN) Little League is a non-profit community organization that provides local children an opportunity to be active, participate in America's favorite pastime, and build character, courage, and loyalty through athleticism. CCN Little League relies on local sponsors to keep costs to a minimum for the players, provide the league with discounted equipment and services, and assist with the maintenance of the facilities.
Hooters Serving Those Who Served Us
Moffitt Cancer Center and Lags Annual Great Bike Ride
Hooters of South Florida presented a check of $22,000 to Moffitt Cancer Center as part of the 9th Annual Hooters Half Marathon that was held at the Hooters in Fort Myers.
Hooters Girls also helped raise additional funds for Moffitt Cancer Center on October 15th and 16th for the 2016 Lags Annual Great Bike Ride. The ride is dedicated and in the honor of David “Lags” Lageschulte, who lost his 11-year battle with prostate cancer in 2014. This 2-day distance ride benefits prostate cancer research just as Lags would have wanted.
Give a Hoot
This October Hooters is raising $1,000,000 to support the fight against breast cancer! The Hooters culture is about serving our guests, our communities and one another. 1 in 8 women will be affected in her lifetime, and with 70% of our system’s employees being women, no cause is more relevant to our Hooters Girls.
South Florida Hooters locations will be hosting various fundraising events throughout the entire month of October. During each event your favorite Hooters Girls and Hooters Calendar Girls will be working hard to help raise funds. All of the money raised will go to the Kelly Jo Dowd Fund and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year’s funds of $51,000 raised in South Florida were distributed to the Miami Cancer Institute from a grant from The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The restaurant as part of their Give-A-Hoot initiative will be raising money all October at South Florida Hooters locations.
National First Responders Day
Hooters has partnered with National Associations to launch FirstRespondersDay.org. One website where Americans can express our gratitude and share our support for First Responders and sign a petition formally requesting that Congress pass, and the President sign, legislation creating a National First Responders Day.
Visiting Local Veterans
Hooters Girls donated lunch to a local nursing home for veterans. The Girls signed Hooters Calendars and hung out with our heroes.
Get Hip and Fit Fair
Our South Florida Hooters Girls and Miss Hooters International spent time with 500 amazing kids from the SEEK foundation during their fourth annual Get Hip and Fit fair. The girls served food, danced and played games all to promote a healthy and physically fit lifestyle for our youth.
SEEK stands for Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge. The SEEK foundation is a nonprofit organization providing educational programs and public service to youth in Miami, Florida. To learn more about the foundation click the button below.
Feeding Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Hooters Girls helped feed the area's hungry children and families. They, along with representatives from 250 local tourism businesses, participated in a food drive, Feeding Tampa Bay, by creating food packages containing 28,000 meals! Our girls packed 225 bags in record time and beat the competition by over 5 minutes.
The event was organized by Visit Tampa Bay, a nonprofit that directs Hillsborough County's tourism strategy.
Kiss Cares for Kids Radiothon
Hooters Girls answered phones in shifts all day at KISS Cares for Kids Radiothon. To date, the Radiothon has raised more than $2 million for the patients and families being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
KISS County Cares for Kids Radiothon supports Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation.
Children's Advocacy Center
Hooters presented a check of $1,120 to the Children's Advocacy Center in Naples. The Children's Advocacy Center is a child-focused facility for community case reviews, court preparation, therapy, medical exams, community education and forensic interviews. Hooters is proud to support an organization committed to improving the lives of abused children and creating a community that does not tolerate child abuse.
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Patients of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood had the opportunity to spend time with the Hooters Girls. On the first Wednesday of each month, Hooters provides lunch for the patients and the women spend time talking to the children. One of our girls, Victoria, shared the story of her own recent battle with a brain tumor with a seven year old girl and her mother to reassure them that everything would be okay.
Joe DiMaggio Children't Hospital is one of the region's leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere.
Tri-County Animal Rescue
The dogs at the Tri-Country Animal Shelter had a splendid time playing with the Hooters Girls during their visit. Hooters also donated animal toys and bedding to the shelter.
Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% No-Kill, nonprofit animal shelter. Since its inception they have saved over 53,000 domestic animals from being euthanized, placing them in forever homes through their adoption center
My Future, My Choice Big Book Drive
Hooters Girls presented a check of $1,500 to WPLG- Local 10 News for the My Future, My Choice Book Drive for the 2016 school year.
My Future, My Choice is a multi-faceted, multi-year station initiative to address youth gun violence and help pave a path to solutions and success.The Big Book Drive is another component of the station's commitment to spread a positive message to South Florida youth. They can choose their future and achieve their goals.
WOW Experience Fashion Show
The WOW Center’s biggest fundraiser event takes center stage and places their individuals in the spotlight as they become catwalk stars and models. Our Hooters girl pose with the catwalk stars in their first group rehearsal for the WOW Experience Fashion Show fundraiser.
The WOW Center offers support, guidance and encouragement to adults with developmental disabilities in order to help them become more independent.