DARIEN, Conn. – The staff of the Melting Pot of Darien will give up their pay for a special event this Thursday to help one of their own, Norwalk’s Mycel Alegado, support her family in a time of tragedy.
A longtime employee of the Grove Street restaurant, Alegado came to the U.S. a few years ago to get an education. But she put her school work on hold to help out her family back in the Philippines. Recently, her family back home has needed her help more than ever.
Throughout September, fighting between a separatist group and the government killed more than 200 people in the Asian island nation, according to a report in The New York Times. Filipino officials have said the fighting is now over, but more than 100,000 residents have been displaced because of the conflict, which destroyed an estimated 10,000 homes.
Alegado’s cousin was one of the casualties of the conflict. Her relative’s home was also destroyed, and his wife and seven children need help.
To help Alegado’s efforts, her co-workers at the Melting Pot of Darien have offered to donate their wages for a special fundraiser this Thursday. A portion of each meal price will go directly toward the widow and her children. The wages and tips from the Melting Pot’s employees for that night will also go toward the cause.
“Mycel Alegado is a wonderful employee and has a strong following with our restaurant guests,” said Will Areson, restaurant manager of The Melting Pot of Darien. “We genuinely care about our employees and consider them family.”
The Melting Pot is located at 14 Grove Street, Darien. The fundraiser will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. For reservations, call 203-656-4774 or visit the restaurant’s website.