On Sunday, April 3, beginning at 4 p.m., DiFebo’s Bistro at Bear Trap will be holding a family-style spaghetti dinner to raise money for Pat Muzik, who recently suffered two strokes, and her family.
Muzik had previously worked at DiFebo’s and is a close friend of owner Lisa DeFibo-Osias.
“We started working together at the Rusty Rudder when I was 18 years old,” said DiFebo-Osias of their 30-year friendship. “She’s my son’s godmother. She’s a friend to the community. She’s just a person that was always the first one to help someone, the first one there and the last one to leave when people were in need.”
After her strokes, Muzik’s friends, including DiFebo-Osias, got together to organize the fundraiser dinner.
“It was just all of the friends came together, and there’s a bunch of us who are all involved,” she explained. “We have heavy hearts – her friends and family – right now, and we are just trying to help out in whatever way we can to be there for her and her family. Pat is just somebody who has always helped others in need. She was always the one who has always done it for other people, and now it’s time for us to do it for her and her family.”
DiFebo-Osias said the community has truly opened their arms to Muzik and her family in their time of need.
“I feel like the community is really embracing her and her family. Coming together and giving them some support — financial support and moral support,” she said. “Paul is so wonderful. He’s always onboard for helping out. They are a ‘yes’ family. ‘What do we need to do next to help out? How can I help,’ is Paul and Pat. That’s truly their personalities.”
Nearly 400 tickets have been sold, for $20 each, to the spaghetti dinner, which will include bread, salad and dessert. There will also be live and silent auctions held in an effort to raise as much money as possible to help offset medical expenses.
“I know just the auction items alone so far are around $12,000, and that has all been donated,” DiFebo-Osias said, adding that some items are donated from local restaurants and contractors in the area.
The family-friendly event will have live bands and DJs throughout the night. Michael McCarthy Stones donated a tent and chairs for outdoor seating, so the Bistro will be “ready to serve the masses.”
DiFebo-Osias noted that, if people are unable to attend the benefit dinner, direct donations can be made at Fulton Bank, to the Pat Muzik account.
She added that she was proud her restaurant is a vehicle in the community to help those in need and hopes that the benefit will be successful celebration of her dear friend.
“The hope is the same hope I had when I did the Haiti event and the 9-11 event — to bring this community together to help a family in need. That’s the biggest hope,” she said. “It’s celebration of who she is as a person, a celebration of how she touched the lives of so many people; a celebration of people coming together to support her, her son Brian, and Paul.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (302) 537-6100 or (302) 539-4550.