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Sauce the City Cleveland partners with Browns tight end Austin Hooper to feed MetroHealth employees

Hooper is donating $10,000 while Sauce the City Cleveland will provide 1,000 of their famous Cleveland Hot Chicken Sandwiches during lunch on Wednesday, May 20.

CLEVELAND — New Browns tight end Austin Hooper hopes to make an impact on the field this upcoming season for his new team. The 25-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl selection is already making an impact off of it.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Sauce the City Cleveland partnered with Hooper and will provide 1,000 of their famous Cleveland Hot Chicken Sandwiches during lunch on Wednesday, May 20 at MetroHealth's main campus cafeteria.

The idea came about when local entrepreneur, Victor Searcy owner of Sauce the City Cleveland and Hooper caught wind of the “Feed the Nurses Challenge”. This is a heartfelt thanks to the men and women at The MetroHealth System who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and something that is obviously important to Hooper.

“I’m learning a lot about Cleveland lately and MetroHealth really stands out as a place that is dedicated to caring for the community it serves and committed to addressing the factors that adversely impact health," Hooper said. "This is a way to honor these people who are finding solutions to address the disparities that are impacting people’s well-being. What better way to say thank you than partnering with Sauce the City Cleveland to serve up “Cleveland’s Best Chicken Sandwich."

After facing their own setbacks, Sauce the City Cleveland recently reopened for service inside their original home in the Galley Building in Ohio City on 1400 W. 25th Street for takeout and delivery. Chef Vick is grateful Hooper is supporting a locally owned minority business that’s been financially impacted during recent weeks. 

“What this young man is doing to support hospital employees and support a local business says a great deal about the role he will play as he comes into this city as the newest member of the Cleveland Browns," said Searcy. "He gets it. He sees the need and is generously stepping up to give back”.

 “This is a tremendous boost to the 'Feed the Nurses Challenge', which paired donors and local restaurants via social media to provide lunch for local health care workers battling COVID-19 on the front lines,” said Searcy.

Lunch will be served Wed., May 20 at the hospital’s main campus cafeteria.

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