Simeon's owners reach out for community help for displaced restaurant staff

June 25, 2014

The owners of Simeon's on the Commons, Dean Zervos and Richard Avery, say the countless offers of help for the family of Amanda Bush and other Simeon's staff members are "most appreciated." They say they'll accept material donations to help the staff on a Fall Creek porch.

There will be boxes and coolers on the covered porch at 215 King Street, across from Fall Creek Elementary School.

Members of the Simeon's staff are in need of child supplies like size 2 and size 4 diapers, Enfamil A.R. baby formula, baby wipes, and kid-friendly snacks and drinks; toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, razors and shaving cream, feminine products, toilet paper, and toothpaste; household items like laundry detergent, dish soap, and garbage bags; kitchen staples like canned soup and ravioli, canned fruit, sports drinks, and soda; and gift cards to area grocery stores or gas stations. Generous area residents with a garden or a farm are also welcome to drop off fresh food, eggs, or other supplies. 

Dean's wife, Jamie, adds that she would be delighted if people could share extra tickets to area attractions such as the Hangar Theatre, Darien Lake, Seabreeze Amusement Park, the Sciencenter, or other kinds of summer entertainment that might be out of reach for staff scrambling to find new jobs and saving money by focusing on necessities. "A few families already have their needs met, but won't be able to do the extra things they would otherwise do this summer," Jamie says.

Displaced staff from Simeon's and other nearby businesses, and displaced residents of the affected buildings, can call the 211 Tompkins information and referral line for referrals to such resources as food pantries. Dial 211 from a local phone, or 877-211-8667.

Managers have told staff they were able to retrieve paychecks that had arrived at the restaurant on Friday, and are holding them until employees can come pick them up.

Proceeds from showings of "Chef" at Cinemapolis this Sunday afternoon and evening will benefit Amanda Bush's family. The young mother and Simeon's bartender was killed in Friday afternoon's tragic accident. Multiple fundraisers started in the community have raised an inspiring tens of thousands of dollars in just a few days to help Amanda's family with funeral expenses, immediate needs, and caring long-term for her 14-month-old daughter, Madison. Anyone who'd like to make a donation by credit card or check can visit uwtc.org/amandabushfund.

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