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APRON, Inc. helps food and beverage workers in times of need

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They serve the food and drinks at some of your favorite places to eat dinner and have a drink, but happens when they can no longer take your order? They serve the food and drinks at some of your favorite places to eat dinner and have a drink, but happens when they can no longer take your order?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They serve the food and drinks at some of your favorite places to eat dinner and have a drink, but what happens when they can no longer take your order?

Most waiters and servers do not have insurance. However, most also belong to an organization that helps them put bread on the table. That's even when they're off the job for an emergency.

"Running a restaurant is about lots a little things and you have to focus on that everyday," said John Varanese.

Varanese is owner of Varanese on Frankfort Avenue. He is also a chef so he's not just stirring the pot, he's doing the "little things" like preparing for the Labor Day dinner crowd, but taking care of customers is not his only concern.

"Glad to see somebody create something unique about this and take care in the restaurant industry," he said.

Varanese is one of more than a dozen locally owned restaurants contributing to a non-profit called APRON, Inc. The organization provides help to food and beverage industry workers in financial distress.

"We're almost four years old as a charity and we've given over $65,000," said Luca Bianconcini.

Bianconcini is vice president of Apron and says the non-profit is needed because there are hundreds of food and beverage workers without insurance in Metro Louisville.

"It has been needed for a long time, you know, the restaurant business, you have a lot of students and some folks are professional restaurant workers and not many of them have insurance," he said.

Bianconcini said it is also crucial to have the restaurant owners onboard.

"It makes our job so easy when we put on an event to have John Varanese and Dean Corbett and have their restaurants involved and other top restaurants in town," he added.

The next fundraiser is the Delectable Distillery Tour on the 17th of this month.

"This event should raise over $20,000 for us," Bianconcini said.

APRON has helped Varanese employees in the past and money from the upcoming fundraiser will be there for the next emergency.

"Unfortunately I just had another cook, that we never would have thought, 30-years-old and had a stroke, he has been out for a couple of months and he's going to have a long recovery," said John Varanese.

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