Easter Bunny hatches appearance at Orland Eatery
BY ALISON NICOL Correspondent March 31, 2013 10:58PM
Tanyah Jordan high-fives the Easter Bunny as her dad, James Jordan, holds her at the Together We Cope-Rock Bottom Brewery Easter brunch at the restaurant in Orland Park, IL, on Sunday March 31, 2013. Together We Cope and Rock Bottom teamed up to feed 150 homeless families for the annual Easter brunch meal. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:19AM
Although it was 3-month-old Natalie Luttrell’s first Easter, when she was placed in the arms of a giant white rabbit wearing a colorful vest, she behaved like a trooper.
As her mother, Lindsey Luttrell, looked on proudly, young Natalie shed not a tear as she had her picture snapped with the Easter Bunny.
Rock Bottom Brewery, 16156 S. LaGrange Road, along with the nonprofit agency Together We Cope hosted a festive Easter brunch for approximately 150 children and adults Sunday morning.
On the menu was scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, pancakes and fruit provided by chef Jose Torres and a volunteer wait staff composed of Rock Bottom Brewery and Together We Cope staff, family and friends.
Along with the mouth-watering menu, all the children were treated to a complimentary Easter basket and a picture with the Easter bunny himself.
The event included a craft area with face painting, temporary tattoos and an Easter egg hunt. All activities were under the watchful eyes and friendly smile of Roberta Higgins, general manager of Rock Bottom.
One happy attendee, Sheryl Sokolowski, brought her granddaughters Alyssa, 5, and Jayda, 3.
“Together We Cope is an amazing organization,” she said.
The girls “were thrilled to meet the Easter bunny,” Sokolowski said.
At another table, Kelly Moriarty sat with her son, Ryan, 8, who confided that he felt a little too old for the Easter bunny, as he will be 9 in November.
When asked what he was most excited about, he replied, “that they did all this to help people.”
Together We Cope is located at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. The agency provides supportive services for families who need financial assistance. Client services manager Ann Rodgers said, “Somebody’s life might be more stable because we were there to be their safety net.”
Together We Cope also operates a food pantry and resale shop Nu 2 You that provides clothing, household items and children’s games and encourages people to donate their unwanted items so they could be put to good use.
For agency hours, call (708) 633-5040.
The event ended happily with lots of smiles, full bellies and a warm enthusiastic hug from Tina Kessens, Together We Cope Special events coordinator and self-proclaimed queen of hugs.