Datz Restaurant Employees and Patrons (Florida)
In April 2011, Datz employee Melissa Morrison was killed in a domestic dispute. In October 2011, Verizon Wireless partnered with the restaurant to host a HopeLine drive in her honor during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Employees, patrons and members of Melissa’s family donated more than 300 phones in less than a month. In recognition of Datz’s efforts, Verizon Wireless made a $1,500 donation in Melissa’s name to The Spring of Tampa Bay, a domestic violence shelter in Tampa.
“We’re very proud to do this in her honor,” said Suzanne Perry, co-owner of Datz. “We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else.”
Pictured (left to right): Suzanne Perry, co-owner of Datz; Chuck Hamby, Verizon Wireless Florida region public relations manager