Louisville organization supports members of service industry in times of need
Apron Inc. is dishing out help to people in the restaurant industry when they need it most.
When she was 31-years-old Felicia Corbett was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
“It happens to about one in ten million people a year,” said Corbett, a bartender at LouVino in the Highlands. “It's a cancer that happens anywhere on your body. Mine just happened to be on my breast.”
It was devastating and unexpected. She needed two months to recover from surgeries and radiation, but as a bartender, a leave of absence isn't an option. She doesn't make money if she doesn't work.
“I was terrified at first, but then I realized that I had such a great community here of people,” Corbett said. “They’re great supporters.”
Those supporters are part of an organization called Apron Inc. that serves people who make a living serving others.
Employees from nearly 100 different restaurants from all over Louisville have benefited from Apron Inc. over the last seven years.
“They helped pay my bills for a month, and I didn't have to worry about anything,” Corbett said.
Apron takes applications from people in the service industry who fall on hard times and gives them enough money to pay bills while they recover.
“Sometimes it's an emergency, a health care issue, any kind of different rent problem or loss of a job,” said Mark Peters, owner of Coals Artisan Pizza.
More than 30 independent restaurants, like Coals, are coming together on Sunday at the Olmsted on Frankfort Avenue for the Taste of Independents.
"We will bring pizzas and maybe some special appetizers,” Peters said.
“It's amazing that so many restaurants want to do this,” Corbett said.
It'll be a party with good food and good drinks, and the money from ticket sales goes to Apron, which has already given more than $150,000 to servers who qualify, like Corbett.
“After surgeries and then radiation later, I’m OK,” she said.
A Taste of Independents is on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. To buy tickets, click here.
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