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Sauce the City Cleveland Partners with Austin Hooper to Feed MetroHealth Employees

New Browns tight end recognizing employee commitment to mission and community

Cleveland, OH – One of Austin Hooper’s first moves off the field will be a heartfelt thanks to the men and women at The MetroHealth System who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After catching wind of the “Feed the Nurses Challenge” spearheaded by local entrepreneur, Victor Searcy owner of Sauce the City Cleveland, Hooper, who recently joined the Cleveland Browns, is donating $10,000, to expand the program. Sauce the City Cleveland will provide 1,000 of their famous Cleveland Hot Chicken Sandwiches during lunch on Wednesday May 20 at the hospital’s main campus cafeteria. 

“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 wellbeing. 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.

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit