Katy Garcia has a business model for Riccardo's Ristorante in Schaumburg, which she owns with her husband, Waldo, its head chef: give away as much as you can. That's the case whether it's Scout troops, the Schaumburg Police Department, Schaumburg Township district 54 Foundation board, or students with disabilities served by Ups for DownS in Schaumburg.
Each of these organizations have held fundraisers at Riccardo's, or off site, stocked with donated food from the restaurant. Katy also developed a training session for students with disabilities, which she holds at the restaurant, in pizza making. "I do it as an esteem-building exercise," Garcia says. "And while we're work I talk to them about jobs in restaurants."
This past month Kat was named Schaumburg Adult volunteer of the Year award winner for all of her efforts to support, and feed, groups in Schaumburg. She was selected out of a group of 15 adults who were nominated in the community.
Katy's leadership has proven that the go-to place is Riccardo's whenever there is a need for help. "I came from a challenged childhood, so from an early age on I decided I wanted to be a better person," Katy says, "and help as many people as I could. It's a nice way to live."
Congratulations Katy on earning a well respected award!
Posted on May, 17
by Mark Czarny filed under