FOLLOWUP: Dine-out benefit for New Leaf Bistro family raises $2,700+

Standing at left, that’s Shi Qiu Chen, proprietor of the New Leaf Bistro in Admiral, with a special group of visitors this afternoon – some of her fellow local restaurateurs who donated part of their proceeds this past Wednesday to help Chen and her family deal with the sudden loss of her husband and co-proprietor Geoffrey Ly. The tally from Wednesday’s benefit, including proceeds from Baked, Circa, Itto’s Tapas, Mission Cantina, Noble Barton, Peel & Press, The Westy, and gift cards from The Bridge, totaled $2,772. Dan Austin from Peel & Press – who announced the plan back on Monday – explained that the restaurant community is mutually supportive and when they found out about the New Leaf Bistro situation, there was no question they would find a way to help.

P.S. This is in addition to the GoFundMe online fundraiser organized by NLB patron/friend Suzanne Krom, which is continuing here, with more than 330 people contributing almost $20,000 in less than two weeks. Here’s our original report; here’s last weekend’s followup, with messages of gratitude from the family.

9 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Dine-out benefit for New Leaf Bistro family raises $2,700+"

  • sc March 17, 2017 (6:42 pm)

    “Alone we can do so little;  together we can do so much”.

    – Helen Keller

    • KD March 17, 2017 (7:26 pm)

      😘👍🏼😢👍🏼 (You made me tear up a bit.. beautiful saying)

  • NativetoSeattle March 17, 2017 (8:14 pm)

    So nice to read a story about a community at its best. I love so many of our local restaurants & will continue to support them. 

  • Hoku March 17, 2017 (9:23 pm)

    Oh my goodness! How cool is this! Having been through a similar situation (husband dying unexpectedly) the emotional and financial support I received from my community is what kept me going. I am so impressed by this community support and will patronize New Leaf Bistro and make a special effort to dine at those establishments who’ve supported this family! Thank you!

  • seaspades March 17, 2017 (11:11 pm)

    We love that family and their (apparent) extended family that runs the business and it’s a pleasure to eat there.  Trying to make it a weekly event so close…

  • Gatewood March 17, 2017 (11:22 pm)

    Feeling so proud to be a part of the West Seattle community and beyond impressed by the local restaurants that enliven our lives and embrace the power of empathy and compassion . Thank you for your generosity and selflessness.

  • SillyGoose March 18, 2017 (6:59 am)

    This is why I love west seattle I will support all of these restaurant’s for the selfless humanity they have shown.   This is the kind of news I like to read.  XX OO

  • Phui Cooper March 25, 2017 (2:41 pm)

    On behalf of Shi Q. and New Leaf Bistro, thank you to everyone for your kind words and support. The New Leaf Bistro family is so fortunate to be a part of this kind and connected community. Please say “hello” if you stop in.

  • North of Admiral March 28, 2017 (1:02 pm)

    I wish them the best. We contributed to the go-fund-me and have been in several times, including last week during the Admiral Theater re-grand opening. It was amazing to see the people just pouring in the doors to get a table or grab their takeout. The food and service are excellent. 

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