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Hooters Donates Over $20,000 to Special Olympics

  • Published: 2009-10-05 : Author: Hooters of America
  • Synopsis: Hooters hard work in raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in North Carolina.

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On October 5th Hooters of Central Carolina will present a check for $20,419 to Keith Fishburne, CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.

Hooters of Central Carolina Donates Over $20,000 to Special Olympics North Carolina

On October 5th Hooters of Central Carolina will present a check for $20,419 to Keith Fishburne, CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina. The Central Carolina locations exceeded their goal of raising "1 Mile of Quarters" during the 5 week fundraising effort. The check presentation will take place at 6:00 PM at the Hooters of Fayetteville, located at 501 N. McPherson Church Road.

"We are so very grateful for Hooters' hard work in raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics in North Carolina," said Fishburne. "The funds will be very important in our mission to provide sports training and competition to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities throughout the state. Since our philosophy is to provide our program to the athletes free of charge, these funds will help us achieve many quality competitions for thousands of athletes."

Nine area Hooters locations raised the money through various local fundraising efforts and also created fundraising websites through the Special Olympics site

"We would have never been able to raise this much money without the help of our incredible Hooters Girls," stated Blair Pender, Regional Manager for Hooters. "The Hooters Girls and our entire management team passionately got behind this great organization and surpassed our fundraising goal. All this would not be possible without the generosity of our loyal guests. We appreciate them more than they'll ever know."

Hooters of America, Inc. is the franchiser and operator of over 450 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 foreign countries. The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida and is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls. Hooters has donated more than $8 million to local and national charities since 1992 through HOO.C.E.F, the Hooters Community Endowment Fund. For more information about Hooters visit

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 20 sports on local and state levels. It is among the largest Special Olympics programs in the world in terms of athlete registration.

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