Ott's Restaurants-MDW Group Donates $35,000 to Virtua Foundation for Cancer Care

Photo (left) Ott's: Jen Hamilton, Tim Hamilton, Courtney Doyle, Bob Wagner, Tom Doyle. Virtua: Christina Mattison, Stephanie Fendrick.

Personal Story and Local Ties Bind Restaurant Chain to Volunteer Efforts

Ott's Restaurants-MDW Group, presented a check for $35,000 to Virtua Foundation's Tyanna Barre O'Brien Breast Care Comfort fund, Wednesday, March 9.

Ott's raised the money at last year's October golf outing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in support of patients undergoing breast cancer treatments at Virtua as well as promoting better health through education programs and providing basic necessities such as wigs, scarves and transportation.  

During the past five years, Ott's Restaurants-MDW Group, has raised more than $125,000 at this annual golfing event held at the Ramblewood Country Club.

"Breast cancer touches everyone and the reality sets in if you survey the women around you, Your mom, sister, nieces, aunts or female friends, someone you know, has been affected."

Bob Wagner, Partner, Ott's Restaurants-MDW Group

The Ott's-MDW Group chose this charity because Bob Wagner, a partner in the restaurant management group, experienced the impact of breast cancer when his wife, Michelle, was diagnosed with it.

"Breast cancer touches everyone and the reality sets in if you survey the women around you," says Wagner. "Your mom, sister, nieces, aunts or female friends, someone you know, has been affected."

The local connection to Virtua also had an impact on the three-chain restaurant sponsoring the golf outing to raise money as a benefactor for the foundation.

"We have been fortunate that Ott's-MDW Group's restaurants, have been a local, thriving and popular businesses for years," says Courtney Doyle, PR & marketing director for the MDW Group. "We wanted to keep our efforts and the money local, right in our backyards."

Ott's-MDW Group, has restaurants in Medford, West Berlin and Washington Township.

They all have a reputation for being a family-friendly sports bar with great food and drinks, daily specials and live entertainment. It also operates Braddock's Tavern, a casual fine-dining and pub destination. It has been an operational tavern in historic downtown Medford, N.J., for the last 192 years.

For more information, visit www.Ottsrestaurants.com.

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