MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) – On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered at a restaurant in Menomonee Falls to raise money for injured Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Christian Almonte.
30% of Su Casa Grande’s proceeds will go to Deputy Almonte’s recovery efforts. Initial sales totals indicate that at least $6,000 will be donated.
Deputy Almonte arrived later than expected because he was simply in too much pain. His arms and hands are still protected during his recovery. But when he arrived, hundreds of people erupted in joy, ready to support his journey to recovery.
Deputy Almonte has been going to Su Casa Grande since he was a child, so many times it has become part of his family. He said there were “A lot of childhood memories. Seeing Jorge and his son and everyone growing up in this family.”
When he arrived on Wednesday, this family was much larger.
He says he feels better every day, but the timeline for his recovery is uncertain. “Honestly, I don’t know the timeline. All I can say is the recovery is going to be in my hands and arms.”
It will take time and money, so the extended Almonte family stepped in. Pat Dwyer has known them for 25 years and said: “One big family, one big community, they fit in perfectly. He is loved. He knows he is loved.”
Immediately, Dwyer thought of ways to help and called his friend and owner of Su Casa Grande, Jorge Suarez, with an idea for the fundraiser.
Suarez said: “I saw the news but I never saw the name. [Dwyer] goes ‘what if we did something for him?’ I said of course. Let’s do it.”
Suarez says it was an easy decision to give back. “That’s why we want to help everyone. We know this family very well. But we can do it for anyone.”
And while Deputy Almonte doesn’t know when he’ll be 100% back, he knows his community is behind him. “Having the support of the community means so much to me. It shows that people really care.”
In addition to donating a portion of the Wednesday night sales, there were also several buckets throughout the restaurant to raise money. And the restaurant also sold gift cards that can be used later. These sales will also contribute to the donation.