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Hooters gives $500,000 to Moffitt

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 26, 2005

Hooters Management Corp. donated $500,000 to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Moffitt officials announced Wednesday.

The gift is part of Moffitt's capital campaign, which aims to raise $87-million. Moffitt is naming a doctors' conference room in its clinic "the Owl's Den" in honor of the company.

Hooters Management Corp., based in Clearwater, is run by founders of the original Hooters restaurants. The company owns 23 restaurants in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Manhattan.

The gift is the largest single donation Hooters Management has ever made, said Ed Droste, a founder. "It's a cause we have to win," said Droste, a member of the Moffitt Foundation board.

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