The BCHF is proud to match funds being raised to support Matthew (Matty) Dutton, a much-loved restaurant worker from Richmond, BC. Matty is facing a sudden financial crisis due to an emergency medical condition.
A fundraising event takes place on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 5-9pm at Boston Pizza at 8100 Ackroyd Road in Richmond. Your $20 ticket, available only at Boston Pizza Ackroyd, includes a beef or veggie burger, fries and a beer. A silent auction and 50/50 draw will round out this inspiring community event. For more details contact Jaclyn at 604-360-8087.
Matthew Dutton’s Story:
Matty, 32, has had his share of ups and downs, but according to his friends and co-workers, he continues to show care and support for others even as he faces his greatest challenge yet.
After losing his mother to illness five years ago, Matty has lived modestly in shared accommodations in Richmond, while building his 12-year career in the hospitality industry. Most recently employed at the Boston Pizza Ackroyd location as a line cook, but with a goal to become assistant kitchen manager, he quickly became part of that store’s “extended family” due to his tireless work ethic and unwavering support for his teammates.
About one year ago, he developed a limp in his left leg, which remained undiagnosed, even as his condition worsened. Just last month it was revealed that he had developed Charcot Foot, a disease related to Type 2 Diabetes, which caused weakening and severe deformity of the bones in his left foot. When the disease was finally discovered, it was too late, and his left foot needed to be amputated above his ankle. This recent change in physical ability has left him unable to work, to walk and therefore unable to pay his bills.
Not having family nearby, Matty is currently in the hospital, where he will remain through the holidays and into the New Year. This fundraiser is intended to help him pay his bills, including rent and groceries, while also covering his increased medical costs, including specialized equipment including a prosthetic foot and a wheelchair.
The community is already rallying behind Matty to help him focus on recovery. Support has already been received from the Boston Pizza team. Boston Pizza’s local food and beverage suppliers, including Sysco and Molson Coors are donating the burgers and beer for the January 14 fundraiser and the Boston Pizza Ackroyd store is donating the rest, to ensure that 100% of the proceeds from the event will go directly to Matty.
There are just 200 tickets available for this fundraiser, and at just $20, they are sure to go fast. Get yours today by calling 604-360-8087.
Can’t make the event on January 14? There are other ways to help:
* Visit Matty’s GoFundMe page and donate as much as you are able.
* Write “Matty” on the front or back of your next itemized receipt at Boston Pizza Ackroyd and insert it into the red “Earn Back” box at the front door. 10% of the subtotals of all collected itemized receipts will be donated to Matty from Boston Pizza.
Every dollar raised for Matty will be matched by the BC Hospitality Foundation, up to $7500. With the help of the community and the industry, we can turn that $7500 into $15,000.