The Hazel Danielle Clayton (HDC) Foundation was created to honor beloved Ezell’s Famous Chicken employee Hazel Clayton, who passed away in 2023. The HDC Foundation carries forward her work and legacy by supporting the childhood-education-related causes that were her passion.
Hazel didn’t have children of her own but she loved them with her whole heart and was known by friends and family to be the best auntie around. Before finding her way to Ezell’s Famous Chicken in 2018, she worked as a nurse, where her deeply caring nature was evident to all.
As the community outreach specialist for Ezell’s Famous Chicken, Hazel was responsible for directing the company’s community donations and support efforts—a role in which she quickly proved to be exceptionally gifted. Throughout her tenure, she focused keenly on children, with a deep and compassionate awareness of how economic difficulties affected them. She worked hard to support elementary, middle and high schools with food and monetary donations—and stepped these efforts up during the pandemic. She also prioritized support for after-school programs and donations to families with children undergoing medical treatments.
The HDC Foundation was formed to continue Hazel’s exemplary work and honor her legacy. Partnering with other organizations—including Ezell’s—the foundation raises funds to further Hazel’s vision. With your monetary support, the foundation can continue to benefit the lives of children and their families in the Seattle and Tigard, OR area.