LEICESTER, Mass. — A benefit cookout is planned for Sunday, Aug. 12, to help John and Caron Borowy of West Boylston, the owners of Mum's Restaurant in Leicester, recover from a July 13 fire that destroyed their home and all their belongings.
The cookout will take place from 1- 6 p.m at the Leicester Rod and Gun Club, 1015 Whittemore St., Leicester.
"It was terrible," said Chris Dolap, Caron's sister, who has been organizing the cookout.
The Borowy family has been known in the community for being very giving, even making room in their home for foster children for many years. Their son, Charles Borowy, serves as a full-time firefighter and EMT with the Holden Fire Department.
Dolap said Caron, who runs the restaurant, has been unable to operate it since the fire, and to make matters worse, John has been out of work due to an injury.
Yet, Dolap said, the outpouring of support from the community has been amazing, and even right after the fire neighbors were bringing over items, handing them money, and doing what they could to help the family.
"People that didn't even know them have been offering to help," she said.
She hopes families in the community can come out to the cookout to further help the Borowy's rebuild their lives.
The family-friendly event will take place rain or shine and promises to be a great day, said Dolap.
Activities will include volleyball, baseball, horseshoes and ladderball. There will also be a bounce house for children and a wading pool for toddlers, and a bake sale, raffles, and a cash bar.
The cost is $5 per person or $12 per family, with all of the proceeds going to the Borowy family.
To further help the Borowys, or for more information about the event, visit the event page on Facebook or contact Dolap at 508-365-8294.