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Hoss's Receives Restaurant Neighbor Award | Lobsterfest 2018 | The Next Generation Burger Contest | Hoss's Food Show 2018 | York West's "Shareables" Feature Board | Martinsburg Latest Feature Board | Martinsburg New Promo Feature Board | Huntingdon Progress and Industry Article | Bedford Willard Cup Celebration | Cranberry Hoss's Holds Easter Egg Hunt | Martinsburg Feature Board | York West Feature Boards | Murrysville Visitor | Fallen Soldier Table - YK34 | Armed Forces Room - Huntingdon Hoss's | West York Feature Board | West York Polar Bear Plunge | Campbells Featured In FFA Newsletter | Veteran's Day 2017 | Hoss's Raises Funds For MDA | Hoss's Receives Community Service Award | Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser Results | 2017 FFA Golf Outing | DB03 Backpack Display | Poetry Corner - Mother's Day Edition | Welcome Mechanicsburg Marzoni's! | Rutgers Team Visits Lewistown | Easter Bunny Breakfast At Lewistown | Mr. Doyle Starry, Man of the Year | DuBois Dream Basketball Team | Trooper Weaver Fundraiser Results | Hoss's Attends PA State Farm Show | Trooper Weaver Fundraiser

Hoss's Receives Restaurant Neighbor Award

PRLA Good Neighbor AwardOn Monday, October 22, 2018, the PA Restaurant & Lodging Association recognized Hoss’s Steak & Sea House as a state winner of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award.

The Restaurant Neighbor Award highlights outstanding local and national charitable service and philanthropy. Hoss’s was honored with this award based on our Community Night Fundraising program, and the fundraising event held in January of 2017 on behalf of the family of fallen State Trooper Landon Weaver.

Since August of 2005, Hoss’s Family Restaurants have been offering a Community Night fundraising option to local charitable causes such as for medical crises and disaster events, school sports teams and booster clubs, fire departments, churches and other non-profit organizations. Since the inception of the Community Night program, Hoss’s has donated over $5 million to deserving groups and organizations.

​Hoss’s rallied together with the local communities surrounding our corporate headquarters to raise funds to support the family of State Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty on December 30, 2016.

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, six Hoss’s locations held a Community Night fundraising event in honor of Trooper Weaver. In addition, all 35 Hoss’s locations had donation boxes set up for those wanting to contribute. Thousands of guests showed up to support this fallen officer and his family, and the entire event raised nearly $40,000 for the Weaver family.

View the Award Video below!

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Lobsterfest 2018  
by Nancy Campbell

In its 18th year, Lobsterfest for MS took place on Friday, September 21, at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona, PA.  More than 500 people attended, enjoying food, drink, music and auctions.  Many Hoss’s family members participated in this large local fundraiser which benefits the Keystone Branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Hoss’s is one of the major sponsors.  Community leaders often tell us that this is one fundraiser that folks truly look forward to attending.

Attendees enjoyed a great meal of either a whole Maine lobster or a Hoss’s filet mignon, complete with steamed shrimp, salads, appetizers, and desserts.  Music for dancing, silent, and live auctions are also a big part of the evening’s festivities.  Many Hoss’s family members, friends, and vendors helped by donating product and auction items, by buying tickets, and by volunteering their time and talents.  There are lots of other volunteers from the community, but the Hoss’s crew helps in every aspect of this event including organizing, decorating, preparing and serving the wonderful meals, and then cleaning up after the event. 

While I co-chair this event with my very good friend and former Hoss’s Manager, Donna Bon, there are many other Hoss’s family members who deserve the credit for their total dedication to this event year in and year out. Hoping that I have not forgotten anyone, I wish to thank the following Hossers (including former Hossers) for all that they did this year. Special thanks to Dan and Donna Bon, Bob and Karen Pleva, Bill and Julie Bratton, John and Rhonda Brown, Mark and Molly Spinazzola, Phil Sukenik, Bill Campbell, Pam Weakland, Dave Decker, Chip Gapshes, Ann McKay, Tami Chadick, Pat Imler, Rich and Cathy Hollingshead, Mark Shreffler, Barb and Rocky Rhodes, Mark Ritko, Tom and Cynthia Smith, Billie Jo Walls, Conni Miller, Jake Walls, Dan and Valerie Vandrew,  Patty and George Morgan, Ryan Mazoff, Carl Swope, Jim and Sandy Fogle, J.J. Petrou, Dan Mutter, Adam Clemens, the HBS crew, Dawn Baier, Rebecca Moorehead, Tim Schmuck, Bridget Chesnut, Tish Marks, Maddie Maier, Lance Huffman, and Betsy (Hoover) Lehman. (Quite a list, isn't it? Now you can see what I mean about all of the Hoss's help.)  This event could never happen without the help of the wonderful Hoss’s volunteers.

This was once again an especially busy year for our HBS and HFX guys who had both the annual Hoss’s Food Expo and Lobsterfest for MS in the same week.  We sure asked a lot of these guys that week, and they rose to the challenge and pulled them both off very successfully.   

 I have a great appreciation for those volunteers who spend most of their evening cleaning lobsters.  It is such a hot, dirty, smelly job, but our “lobster surgeons” always do it with smiles on their faces. (They specialize in amputations.)  The attendees really appreciate this added service.

 People who work with the Hoss’s crew are always so complimentary of their enthusiasm and dedication.  They are a great group to work with and always have a lot of fun at whatever task they are asked to do. All of the Hossers at this event are very special people and great servant leaders.

At this year's event, we had great sponsors and great auction items, netting more than $40,000 for this very worthy cause. Over the past 18 years, we have raised more than $600,000 through this event. All of the proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society which is a non-profit organization working to find a cure for this debilitating disease that effects so many of our loved ones. The Keystone Branch of the National MS Society which is supported by this event is dedicated to serving the needs of people with MS and their families in our area of Pennsylvania. Progress has definitely been made with new medications, and Hossers can feel very good about their contribution to this progress.  We all look forward, however, to the day when a cure is found and events such as this are no longer needed.

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The Next Generation Burger Contest

We are holding a companywide competition to find the next great burger!

Click here for details, and look for the poster in your store!

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Hoss's Food Show 2018

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, we held our 7th Annual Hoss’s Food Expo and Golf Outing at the Huntingdon Country Club. We had 35 vendors with over 150 different products being displayed. Our valued suppliers and brokers showcased these new items and discussed the new upcoming food and menu trends.

Food Show

Our General Managers, District Managers, and Corporate Staff were divided into 33 groups and assigned a starting table. Each group then had an opportunity to sample and discuss the products being displayed before moving on to the next table. At the end of the event, everyone was asked to fill out a product evaluation form and give their comments about the products displayed at the tables. These evaluation forms are a valuable tool for the Product Menu Team to pursue future menu trends and opportunities.

Food Show

Halfway through the Food Show Event, The Award for Best Decorated Booth is given out. Each year, we have a theme for our Food Expo, and the Brokers and Vendors decorate accordingly. This year’s theme was "The Greatest Food Show on Earth" based on a circus environment.  The Beaver Street Seafood booth took the prize for Best Decorated Booth, and Jeff Parisi was presented with a trophy.

Following the Food Expo, we had a fun-filled afternoon of golf planned for everyone. A great time was had by all on the golf course. Dinner followed later in the afternoon, and some great prizes were awarded to our outstanding General Managers. It was certainly a great day of food, fun, and fellowship with our attending Hoss’s team, as well as our “HOSM” brokers and supplier guests.

We had an awesome group of volunteers again this year from the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center. Each one of these wonderful volunteers are pursuing a career in the Food Industry. They helped us get set up the day of the event, tear down, and judged our “Best Decorated Table” contest. They also had the opportunity to participate with our Hoss and Marzoni's groups trying all the food samples and interacting with our brokers and suppliers. We would like to say a special thank you to these volunteers! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

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York West's "Shareables" Feature Board

Another great feature board by Server, Melana Paulino.

York Shareables

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Martinsburg Latest Feature Board

MB Feature Board

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Martinsburg New Promo Feature Board

Another great feature board created by Martinsburg's Jason Hull

Martinsburg Board

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Huntingdon Progress and Industry Article

Huntingdon Hoss's was recently profiled in The Daily News Progress and Industry page.

Click here to read the article!

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Bedford Willard Cup Celebration

On Tuesday night, March 27, we honored our Bedford Hoss's Management and Crew for their outstanding accomplishments for the year 2017. This included the Highest Sales in the company, winning the prestigious Willard Cup Award!

Bedford Willard Cup Celebration

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Cranberry Hoss's Holds Easter Egg Hunt

Cranberry Hoss’s recently held its first Easter Egg Hunt! Over 360 kids participated. A rescue truck, Fredrick, face painting, tattooing, Dexter the Clown, and a real bunny that children could pet were all part of the fun. The store also gave away 8 bicycles, 8 scooters, lots of baskets, and many other prizes!

Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt

Cranberry Easter Egg Hunt

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Martinsburg Feature Board

Check out this feature board created by Martinsburg's Jason Hull and Ashley Martin! Great job!

MB Feature Board

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York West Feature Boards

Server, Melena Paulino, has once again made these amazing Feature Boards at York West Hoss's! Great job, Melena!

York West Easter Board

YK34 Feature Board

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Murrysville Visitor

Santonio Holmes recently visited our Murrysville location. Looks like he has lots of fans at Hoss's!

Santonio Holmes

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Fallen Soldier Table - YK34

For the last several weeks, York West Hoss's has been featuring a Fallen Soldier table display from ASERA Care which is a hospice for Veterans.

York West Fallen Soldier Table

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Armed Forces Room - Huntingdon Hoss's

Standing Stone Detachment, Marine Corps League of Huntingdon, and Hoss’s Huntingdon Restaurant invite all area residents to visit the Armed Forces Room at Hoss’s.  Recently completed, the room is a tribute to and honors all Huntingdon area military veterans and their families for service to our country.

The project was directed by Marine Corps League members, Jay and Elaine Buchanan, with the outstanding contribution of Patty Morgan, Corporate Antique and Floral Designer for Hoss’s Restaurants, Duncansville, PA.

Military units honored in the Armed Forces Room are Veterans of Foreign Wars Huntingdon Post 1754 and Mount Union Post 5754.  Additionally, American Legion Post 24, Huntingdon; American Legion Post 107, Mount Union; American Legion Post 150, Petersburg; American Legion Post 322, Mapleton; American Legion Post 518, Orbisonia; and American Legion Post 520, Alexandria are also honored.

Huntingdon Armed Forces Room

Additional units represented in the Armed Forces Room are Standing Stone Detachment 1117, Marine Corps League of Huntingdon, and the Huntingdon County Veterans Association.

Flags from all five branches of the United States military including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard are on display.  Additionally, posters honoring Women in the Military, POWs, and the Army National Guard are represented.

Huntingdon Armed Forces Room

A special thank you to Standing Stone Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Huntingdon County Veterans Association, American Legion Post 24, and VFW Post 1754 for their financial support of the project.

The public is reminded that the Armed Forces Room is available for lunches, dinners, and meetings.  Please call Hoss’s at (814) 643-6939 to reserve the room.

Click here to read the article printed in the The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA, on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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West York Feature Board

Check out the HOSM artwork on West York's Feature Board! This was created by server, Melena Paulino.

West York Feature Board

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West York Polar Bear Plunge

On February 3, members of the West York Hoss’s Team participated in the York County Polar Plunge for the fourth year in a row. 

We raised $672 this year, which is a new record for us!  All the money raised goes towards funding for the York County Special Olympics.  This organization provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Plunging into the 34-degree water sure was cold, but the warmth in our hearts for helping the community was worth it!

West York Polar Bear Plunge

Back (L to R):  Norman Caha, Candy Martin, Lori Altland, Michy Brady
Front (L to R):  Allegra Moats, Melena Paulino, Alexis Miller

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Campbells Featured In FFA Newsletter

Bill and Nancy Campbell and Hoss's were recently featured in the November edition of the PA FFA Foundation Newletter.

Click here to read the article!

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Veteran's Day 2017

Below are a few photos of how Hoss's honored our Veterans on Veteran's Day:

Shamokin Dam - Fallen Soldiers Table
Shamokin Dam

State College - The Missing Man Table
State College

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Hoss's Raises Funds For MDA

Hoss's Steak and Sea House raised over $3,000 to support MDA families living with neuromuscular disease.

Click here to read the press release from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Hoss's Receives Community Service Award

On October 23, 2017, Hoss's Steak and Sea House was honored at the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Spirit of Hospitality Awards Gala at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

Hoss’s was the recipient of the Wilmer S. Lapp Community Service Award for our fundraising efforts to help the family of Fallen Police Office, Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty. 

This award is given to a restaurant, lodging, destination marketing organization, allied, or institutional member showing significant and noteworthy contributions to the industry and community at the chapter or state levels.

Kayla Hetzel and Jay Petrou from Bedford Hoss’s accepted the award on our behalf. 

Gala

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Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser Results

Duncansville, PA: Hoss’s Steak and Sea House and sister company Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Co., along with the surrounding community, raised money to help aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

With the help of the community, Hoss’s and Marzoni’s will send a check to The Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in the amount of $5,909.02 to help the hurricane victims.

Hoss’s Steak Sea House operates 35 restaurants and specializes in “cooked to order” meals offering a variety of steak, chicken, seafood and sandwiches, while dining in a family atmosphere. They are famous for their 100+ item Soup, Salad, and Dessert Bar that features warm breads, delicious fruits and desserts, and soft-serve ice cream.

Marzoni’s has 5 locations specializing in hand-made brick oven pizzas, Italian-American cuisine, and hand-crafted lagers and ales from their own microbrewery. They are a family-friendly restaurant that offers a full menu, boasting of mouth-watering pastas, steaks, seafoods, pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers that can appeal to anyone’s appetite.

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2017 FFA Golf Outing

On July 20, 2017, the PA FFA held their Annual Golf Outing and Charity Auction.

This was the 25th year that Hoss’s was the title sponsor of this event, and Bill and Nancy Campbell were given a certificate and a gift as a token of appreciation for their dedication to this event.

FFA Golf Outing

Below is a photo of Hoss's/Marzoni's Golf Team that particpated in the event.

FFA Golf Team
Left to Right: Tim Schmuck and Dave Soellner - HCP; Brandon Soellner and Tyler Grace - Mechanicsburg Marzoni's

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DB-03 Backpack Display

Check out this HOSM Backpack Display at DuBois Hoss's!

DuBois Backpack Display

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Poetry Corner - Mother's Day Edition
by Phil Sukenik

Click here to read the Mother's Day Edition of Poetry Corner!

Happy Mother's Day!

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Welcome Mechanicsburg Marzoni's!

We would like to send congratulations and best wishes to the newest member of the family, Mechanicsburg Marzoni’s, as they officially opened their doors for business on May 1 at 3 p.m.!

Welcome aboard and good luck to Rich Hollingshead, Michele Asper, and the entire management team and crew in Mechanicsburg Marzoni’s!

Mechanicsburg Marzoni's

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Rutgers Team Visits Lewistown

On Saturday, April 22, the Rutgers Lacrosse Team visited the Hossman at Lewistown Hoss's!

Rutgers Lacrosse

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Easter Bunny Breakfast At Lewistown

On Saturday, April 8, Lewistown Hoss's hosted a "Breakfast With The Easter Bunny." It was a great turnout, and a wonderful time was had by all!

Lewistown Easter Bunny

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Mr. Doyle Starry, Man of the Year

Mr. Doyle Starry (father of General Manager, Dan Starry) and Ms. Joyce Cooper (pictured) were named Punxsutawney's 2016 Man and Woman of the Year at Wednesday night's annual Groundhog Banquet.

Doyle Starry

Banquet highlights appear in today's edition of The Spirit. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Spirit). Click here to see more.

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Bedford Hoss's Celebrates

Bedford Hoss's recently won the 2016 Hoss's Gift Card Contest for having the highest gift card sales with no decrease.

The management team was treated to dinner out at a local restaurant.

Click here to see pictures!

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DuBois Dream Basketball Team
by Kelly Divins, Houry Manager

Basketball and helping others have always been two things that DuBois resident, Albert Varacallo, III,  has been associated with.  So, it was only natural that he along with his brother Dominic and another DuBois resident, Rick Homer, combine the two as part of bringing  a top-level minor league basketball team to DuBois. 

The DuBois Dream got its first unofficial start by playing in last year's “The Basketball Tournament” in Philadelphia that was broadcasted on ESPN.  The team went with the hopes of winning prize money, not for themselves but for local causes such as the Dr. Albert  Varacallo Foundation (in memory of late father) and the Miracle Field Project for the City Park.  While the hopes of winning the prize came up short, the idea formed for the DuBois Dream to turn from a one-time team to an actual basketball franchise.

The “Dream” is not only about playing basketball on game days, it is more about community involvement, helping players pursue a career in basketball and help to develop the youth of the community while providing family-friendly fun entertainment at the same time. The DuBois Dream has already put on free clinics and camps for kids who are interested in basketball and having some fun, all while learning important skills in basketball and life.

As we all know, here at Hoss’s, community involvement is something that we strive to do. The picture below is from the first Meet and Greet Community Day the team had, and we have more community days scheduled with the team. Brad Divins (far right in picture), an almost 7-year employee at DuBois Hoss’s, is the Broadcaster for the team.

DuBois Dream Team

The team may only be in its inaugural season, but with hard work, dedication, and support, we see great things happening for them. We, here at DuBois Hoss’s, are proud to be able to support them, too.  We wish them all the best.  #DREAMBIG

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Overwhelming Community Support with the Hoss's Family Steak & Sea House Fundraising Event to Help Support The Family Of Fallen Police Officer, Trooper Landon Weaver

Duncansville, PA: Hoss’s Steak and Sea House would like to thank the community for raising $39,565.68, through our Fundraising Program, to benefit the family of Fallen Police Officer, Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty.

“Our company is built on the spirit of giving back to our communities. Not only did our Hoss’s family step up to the plate in a big way, our community came together and showed a tremendous amount of care and concern when it was needed most. It was truly heartwarming to see people coming together to help support the Weaver Family and Law Enforcement.” John Brown, President Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.

Hoss’s Steak Sea House operates 35 restaurants and specializes in “cooked to order” meals offering a variety of steak, chicken, seafood and sandwiches, while dining in a family atmosphere. They are famous for their 100+ item Soup, Salad, and Dessert Bar that features warm breads, delicious fruits and desserts, and soft-serve ice cream.

Below are links regarding the fundraiser for Trooper Weaver:

WJAC:

Local Restaurant Holds Fundraiser to Help Fallen Trooper Weaver's Family

Guest Pays For Huntingdon Trooper Meals

Hoss's To Help Weaver Family

 

Below is a donation box that was created by Shelly Tenney, Server at Cranberry Hoss's.

Cranberry Donation Box

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Hoss's Family Steak & Sea House Purchases the Reserve Steer at the annual Pennsylvania State Farm Show "Sale of Champions"

Harrisburg, PA: Hoss's CEO and Founder, Willard E. (Bill) Campbell, attended the Pennsylvania State Farm Show "Sale of Champions" in Harrisburg, PA, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. The 16-acre Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in America. It proudly recognizes Pennsylvania’s 50,000 farm families. Including something for everyone, the Farm Show provides opportunities to see the latest in agricultural technologies, Pennsylvania foods, and fine arts and crafts.

Mr. Campbell purchased the Reserve Champion Steer by bidding $12,500 for the crossbred Steer! The 1,380 lb. steer was raised by Justin Glossner of Clinton County. Mr. Campbell also purchased many other animals throughout the sale.

Farm Show 2017

Mr. Campbell, who has grown Hoss's Family Steak and Sea House restaurants to a total of 35 locations throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states, bids on the animals to support the youth involved in the 4-H and FFA organizations. He and his wife, Nancy, attend many of the livestock sales at the county fairs throughout the year. Mr. Campbell, a former member of the FFA, looks forward to attending the auctions to support the youth and to give something back to organizations that benefit deserving individuals.

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Hoss's Family Steak & Sea House Holds Fundraising Event to Help Support The Family Of Fallen Police Officer, Trooper Landon Weaver

Duncansville, PA: Hoss’s Steak and Sea House will hold a Community Fundraising Event on Saturday, January 7th, to help support the family of fallen officer, Trooper Landon Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, guests may dine at any of the six participating local Hoss’s restaurants, and Hoss’s will donate 25% of your check to the family of Trooper Landon Weaver. The six locations are: Altoona, Duncansville, Bedford, Huntingdon, Lewistown, and State College. To participate, go to Hoss’s Facebook to print the page with the group number and take it to a participating location.

“We have decided to do something Hossome to help support the family, and we have chosen six local stores that are in the communities where we feel we can make the biggest impact for the local Weaver family. In addition, this weekend, all 35 of our restaurants will participate in the fundraising by placing a donation can in their dining room to allow guests and crew all over the state the opportunity to help support Trooper Weaver’s family.”

“This was a tragic and horrific event for the entire Weaver family and also for Law Enforcement across the state who courageously put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve us. Our donation is a way to give back and represents all of our employees who make up the entire Hoss’s family.” John Brown, President Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.

Hoss’s Steak Sea House operates 35 restaurants and specializes in “cooked to order” meals offering a variety of steak, chicken, seafood and sandwiches, while dining in a family atmosphere. They are famous for their 100+ item Soup, Salad, and Dessert Bar that features warm breads, delicious fruits and desserts, and soft-serve ice cream.

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