Serving sweet support
by Glenn Moore
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Texas Roadhouse bartenders Jennifer Harper (left) and Marissa Vares held a bake sale to raise funds for a co-worker’s medical expenses on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in front of Rumors on 10th at 182 E. 10th St.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Texas Roadhouse bartenders Jennifer Harper (left) and Marissa Vares held a bake sale to raise funds for a co-worker’s medical expenses on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in front of Rumors on 10th at 182 E. 10th St. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Marissa Vares and Jennifer Harper kept a tempting display of cupcakes and cookies stocked on a table set up on the sidewalk Wednesday, Oct. 23, outside Rumors on 10th hair salon, 118 W. 10th St.

The pair hoped to raise money to help a co-worker who was having a benign brain tumor removed.

“It’s just a bunch of friends helping out another friend,” Vares said.

Leslie Murrietta, a server at Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, underwent surgery at a San Francisco-area hospital on Wednesday to remove a softball-size tumor in her brain that was found last week, according to Vares.

Murrietta, who is married and has two children, has worked at Texas Roadhouse since it opened seven years ago. Vares said Murrietta has health insurance through work, but it doesn’t cover all of her medical expenses. Her husband recently started a new job and isn’t insured yet.

Co-workers have been covering Murrietta’s shifts at the restaurant and giving her family the tips, but her friends were trying to think of more ways to help.

“I just woke up Monday morning and thought, how can I help raise money,” Vares said. “I thought, how about an old-fashioned bake sale.”

Vares, a bartender at Texas Roadhouse, recruited about 10 co-workers to bake the items for the sale.

In addition to giving the pair permission to set up their bake sale in front of the salon, the owner of Rumors on 10th contributed a pair of gift baskets to raffle off. Barista’s Coffee House, 112 W. 10th St., donated gift cards for the raffle.

Through the morning, passers-by bought sweet treats from the sale. Some left donations without taking anything in return.

“There are some wonderful people in the community helping us,” Vares said. “They are very generous.”

The group of co-workers hopes to have another fundraiser for Murrietta soon.

Vares said donations for Murrietta’s hospital costs could be taken to Texas Roadhouse, 2422 Naglee Road, during business hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

 
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