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Rock Bottom hosts Easter brunch, egg hunt

EmmMyers 8 Bridgeview waits patiently as an employee Rock Bottom paints her face during an Easter brunch put by OrlPark

Emma Myers, 8, of Bridgeview, waits patiently as an employee at Rock Bottom paints her face during an Easter brunch put on by the Orland Park restaurant and Together We Cope

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Updated: May 22, 2014 6:36AM



Terry Pierce fell on hard times in the ‘90s after a divorce and losing her job. She’s working steadily now, but her job in healthcare pays far less than she used to make.

The 53-year-old woman says she’s happy, though, living with her 24-year-old son Joseph in Oak Forest and making do with some assistance from Tinley Park-based Together We Cope.

The homeless prevention nonprofits invited hundreds of families, including the Pierces, to an Easter brunch Sunday morning at the restaurant Rock Bottom in Orland Park.

“Usually, we go to church,” Pierce said. “To come to an Easter brunch with families, it’s exciting.”

Rock Bottom hosted the free brunch, which also came with crafts, a plastic egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny for the children, on Sunday and has partnership with Together We Cope for the last five years on the event.

The restaurant chain looks for opportunities to be active in the community where they have locations, said Roberta Higgins, general manager of the Orland Park Rock Bottom.

About 200 clients of the Together We Cope were expected to stop in for brunch consisting of french toast, sausage, bacon, cheesy hash browns, eggs and fruit, Higgins said. Staff members, and some of their families, volunteered their time to serve the food, which is donated by the restaurant’s distributor US Foods.

“We all look forward to this every year,” she said. “Anyone can fall on hard times and this is our way of giving back.”

The partnership with Together We Cope to host the Easter brunch has gone on years and Ann Rodgers, a HUB coordinator with the nonprofit, hopes the event will continue for more to come.

It began over drinks, Rodgers said. She and her husband love good beer and would sample the kinds of ales Rock Bottom brews. During their trips to the restaurant, Rodgers would talk about the nonprofit with restaurant staff. The restaurant management and nonprofit eventually came together to plan out an Easter brunch.

“The only thing harder than getting me to talk about Together We Cope is getting me to stop talking about Together We Cope,” she said.

The nonprofit maintains a similar partnership with Texas Roadhouse, where they have held Thanksgiving dinner for the past seven years, Rodgers said.

Together We Cope operates a food pantry and clothing resale shop in Tinley Park.



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