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04/ 1/14 10:57 AM EDT

Meet Dick Vitale and Jay Williams at Hooters of West End VIP Party

Hooters to present $200,000 donation to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, part of weekend-long college basketball tourney celebrations

Meet Dick Vitale and Jay Williams at Hooters of West End VIP Party

What: On Sunday, April 6, Hooters will present a check donation of $200,000 to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, at the Hooters of West End. Accepting the check during the ceremony will be Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation, Dick Vitale, legendary college basketball analyst and long-time supporter and board member for The V Foundation, and Jay Williams, former Duke University basketball great, NBA first-round pick and current ESPN analyst.

An exclusive VIP event will follow at the Hooters of West End, better known as the “World’s Largest Hooters.” Dallas area guests are invited to mingle with other special event guests including Joey Chestnut, professional eater and two-time Hooters World Wing-Eating Champion; Marissa Raisor, Miss Hooters International 2013 and Tyler Suess, 2014 Hooters Girl of the Year.

Hooters will celebrate the college basketball tourney excitement all weekend-long with celebrations in advance of the VIP event, including multiple giveaways and game day festivities, on Saturday, April 5 Hooters will host the “Hoop’d Up Hottie” bikini contest and special calendar signings with Miss Hooters International and Hooters Calendar Girls, and on Sunday, April 6, the “Beat the Beast” wing eating challenge kicks off against Joey Chestnut, as well as the bikini contest finals. Basketball fans can catch all of the tournament playoff action on large-screen TVs while also enjoying Hooters world-famous chicken wings and fun atmosphere.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Check presentation at 4 p.m.

VIP event to follow


Hooters of West End, 2201 N Lamar St., Dallas, Texas 75202

  1. Since 2002, Hooters has donated over $2 million to The V Foundation for Cancer Research through the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Grant. The grant was created in honor of Kelly Jo Dowd, the 1995 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl and former Hooters manager of the Palm Harbor, Fla., location, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007. Dowd spent the last years of her life educating her Hooters Girl family of the importance of breast cancer awareness and early detection. Before she passed, Hooters made a promise to carry on her mission of educating her extended Hooters family, which includes 17,000 current Hooters Girls.

Visuals: Dick Vitale, Jay Williams and The V Foundation CEO Susan Braun accepting $200,000 check from Hooters; VIP guests signing autographs including Dickie V, Jay Williams, Joey Chestnut, Miss Hooters International in her crown, Hooters Girl of the Year

Details: For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Jessica Highsmith at Largemouth Communications, (919) 459-6456, [email protected]


The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation, please visit

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