Last month, Work & Class sous-chef Victor Mena's brother-in-law was operating a mower/tractor with his son and got into an accident that took the life of the little boy and left the brother-in-law in critical condition, with injuries that will take many months to heal. With mounting medical expenses and Mena's brother-in-law unable to work for at least nine more months, the entire Mena family is rallying, but the financial hardship is taking its toll, especially with Mena's sister and her other children. Fortunately, the sous-chef works for a restaurant that's willing to pull its talents together for to help out. And you can help out too: Work & Class is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Mena's family next Monday, May 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.
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There will be drinks, passed appetizers and the collective support of a community that will without a doubt have a big impact on Mena and his family. The suggested contribution is $25 (preferably in cash, to avoid credit-card fees), and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the cause. The event is open to the public, and no RSVP is necessary; for questions about the event or donations, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work & Class co-owner Delores Tronco explains how they landed on the idea of hosting a charity event, noting that restaurants essentially throw parties for a living, and that “if everybody rallies, we could probably do some good.”
“Restaurants are the place you go not just on good days, but on bad days, too,” adds Tronco. We've always felt like family when visiting the restaurant, and it's clear that the feeling of family extends to employees as well as customers.