The doors to Wilma’s Café in Naperville are usually closed on Mondays, but owners Joe and Renee Wood used their day off to honor the family of Olivia Dworakowski by hosting a charity breakfast. Their goal was to raise $5,000.
40-year-old Elzbieta Plackowska is facing two counts of first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing five-year old Dworakowski and her 7-year-old son Justin while watching the children on October 30th.
“We can’t imagine the tragedy. We have a little one ourselves so it really hit home knowing that the community is with them,” said restaurant owner, Joe Wood.
Wood’s four-year old daughter, Tatum, remembers playing with Dworakowski at the playground near the home where the murders took place.
Wilma’s Café regulars, Jack and Loretta Cohen, also live in the same neighborhood, and they made it a point to come out. “I feel really good about not only the benefit of it, but the people that actually decided to put this on,” said Jack.
The café served pancakes to those who donated. All proceeds will be deposited into the Olivia Dworakowski Memorial Fund at Naperville Bank & Trust.
The event was also made possible by volunteers from Polish Friends of Naperville who came out to serve breakfast.
Their organization is a support group in town for residents of polish decent who are far away from their families, like Plackowska who emigrated from Poland 12 years ago.
“If anyone has dark moments or anything like that, we wish to talk to them and see if we can help anyway so no more tragedy like this one can ever happen,” said Bonnie Miga, member of Polish Friends of Naperville.
Joe Wood is thankful for the town’s support. “It’s been very emotional, there’s been a lot of support from the community.”
Wilma’s fell short of their goal to raise $5,000, but between the 240 guests throughout the day, they made over $1,800. Woods will keep the fundraising going for a few more weeks.
To donate visit Wilma’s Café at 1224 West Ogden Avenue in Naperville, or call (630) 355-8989.
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