Hooters once again is asking America to #GiveAHoot in the ongoing fight against breast cancer during its month-long October fundraising campaign in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Atlanta and all over America, more than 17,000 Hooters Girls are committed and going above and beyond to reach their gold with raising $1 million this year. Last year, more than $650,000 was raised for their efforts.
GAFollowers was able to talk with Ms. Hooters Georgia and a top-10 finalist in the 2015 Hooters International pageant, Rachel Swartz,this week about the cause and what Hooters patrons can do to help.
“Hooters is very involved with their local communities and in fostering positive growth,” explained Swartz, a waitress at the Hooters in Columbus, Ga. With Breast Cancer Awareness, we have the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund. We’ve also teamed up with the V Foundation to fund-raise and bring awareness for early detection of Breast Cancer.”
Kelly Jo Dowd was one of the original Hooters Girls who appeared on the cover of the 1995 Hooters Calendar. An inspiration to her fellow Hooters Girls, Kelly Jo courageously battled breast cancer for five years before succumbing on May 24, 2007.
Every Hooters location across the U.S., including all the locations in the state of Georgia are supporting the #GiveAHoot campaign during October. Hooters as a organization and Swartz as a loyal employee are inviting guests to:
– Get 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
– Try one of several PINK DRINKS created to raise awareness and funds
– Round up or “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
Swartz and her Hooters Girls friends are pulling out all the stops to reach the $1 million dollar mark this year, and they need everyone’s help.
“As Hooters Girls, we are all using social media and doing what we can to get the world out. It is a big reality for a lot of people and it can affect anyone. I feel strongly about it as Hooters has helped bring the importance of it to me. I’m the oldest of eight children and have three sisters, so this is something we need to watch and consider. If we are vocal about it, we can share the message with our family and friends and the (word) will spread.”
Currently, there are 400 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Regarded and beloved for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida.
Remember to get out and try some Hooters wings and know that Hooters donates $1 from each calendar sold to support the #GiveAHoot campaign to fight breast cancer.