Local Hooters Help Raise $57,000 for Self-Help International
Seven local Hooters Girls from Sarasota, Southwest Florida and Miami joined the fundraising efforts to support Self-Help International ‘s work to empower women. Newly crowned 2022 Miss Hooters International Madison Novo (Hialeah), Aria Slavin (Sarasota), Sloan Miavitz (Sarasota), Olivia Scott (Sarasota), Skylar Becker (Fort Myers), Grace Burchett (Fort Myers Beach) and Gianna Tulio (2021 Miss Hooters International) participated in online fundraising efforts to invest in women business owners trying to start and grow their own business-and help them lift up their families communities in the process.
In addition to their online fundraising efforts the group of Hooters Girls traveled to Waverly, Iowa for the Hooters Give a Hoot for Self Help International Weekend. The Lags Memorial Golf Tournament took place on Friday, July 8 at the Prairie Links Golf Course and the annual Lagsride bike ride at Kohlmann Park on Saturday, July 9th. A total of $57,000 was raised.
“I absolutely loved being a part of the Iowa trip this year. This was our first Self Help International in person event since the pandemic and to have raised such a large amount of money is so exciting and ultimately life changing for these families. I can’t wait to do it all over again next year,” said 2022 Miss Hooters International Madison Novo who works at the Hialeah Hooters location.
“This is the first time I have been involved in a fundraiser like this and it feels so rewarding. I feel so honored to have been a helping hand to these wonderful people who deserve the world,” said Aria Slavin who works at the Sarasota Hooters location.
“I am grateful to have been a part of this fundraising event. It’s heartwarming to know our goal was exceeded and that we are able to help change the lives of others for the better,” said Skylar Becker who works at the Fort Myers Hooters location.
Give a Hoot for Self-Help International by helping women in Ghana and Nicaragua start and grow their own businesses. Self Help works to support women business owners in rural communities by providing low interest micro-loans. Oftentimes, women in these small communities are not eligible to receive loans through formal banks and sometimes end up taking loans with predatory lenders. By having access to capital through Self-Help, women are able to start and invest in their businesses. In tandem with providing micro-loans, Self Help offers training sessions to help women improve their business practices so they can grow their incomes. Women are powerful agents for changes, and when you invest in them, they are able to lift up their families and communities. Economically empowered women empower others. With the economic uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial to help women invest in their businesses. For more information on Self-Help International visit Self Help International.
South Florida Hooters annually supports this great cause in memory of the late Dave “Lags” Lageschulte, Hooters franchise owner, Waverly native, and long-time supporter of Self-Help International.
“South Florida Hooters has supported Self Help International for more than 11 years. The support began because the late Dave “Lags” Lageschulte, founder of South Florida Hooters, was from the same small town, Waverly, IA, where Self Help International was founded. Lags and his family supported Self Help from its inception. For many years, we have had the opportunity to have our local Hooters Calendar Girls participate in the Give a Hoot Weekend fundraising efforts. We want to thank everyone who donated and supported our fundraising efforts to empower women,” said LTP Management Director of Marketing Kristi Quarles.
“We are so grateful to South Florida Hooters for joining us in Hooters’ hometown of Waverly, Iowa to raise funds to empower women and alleviate hunger. The funds raised through the 14th annual Give a Hoot for Self-Help Weekend can provide business training and micro-business loans to 1,000 women entrepreneurs, as well as offer school breakfast to 150 children for a full school year,” said Executive Director of Self-Help International Nora Tobin.
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