The Hooters Management Corporation, which owns and operates 25 Hooters restaurants in Tampa Bay, Chicago and New York, is no stranger to helping Habitat for Humanity build homes in Pinellas County. Hooters employees from a dozen locations throughout the Bay area volunteered 500-plus hours to construct an abode for the Clearwater-born chicken chain's most recent recipients, Sara Hicks and her family.
A dedication ceremony awarded the Hicks clan with their keys on June 7.
"All I have ever wanted is stability in my life. It means the world to me to be able to provide for my family," Sara said in a statement.
Since 2016, Hooters employees have donated more than 1,000 hours to their partnership with Habitat Pinellas, which has also allowed them to sponsor homes for the Hooten and Miller families. The Hooters Management Corporation presented a $82,000 donation to the nonprofit this year.
"For the past 3 years, Habitat Pinellas has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with Hooters Management Corporation," said Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat Pinellas. "Without collaborations with companies like Hooters, stability, self-reliance, and the dream of homeownership for families like the Hicks' would not be possible."
Denise Williams, chief marketing officer for Hooters Management Corporation, added: "We are so thankful to have the opportunity to change lives of families in our local community and assist them with a place to call home."