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Fundraiser for Daisy Baker's Restaurant

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After Daisy Baker's had flood damage and had to close its doors last week, hundreds turned out for a fundraiser to help out employees. Our Barry Wygel reports on the Troy community rallying behind one of its own.

TROY, N.Y. -- For Jared Horton, it was a nightmare come true.

"It was unbelievable what I walked into. They tried to warn me and I didn't really get it until I saw it," Horton said.

A burst pipe in the space above his restaurant caused water to gush into the kitchen, destroying everything.

Horton said, "The ceiling is laying on the floor right now. Cooking appliances, compressors, coolers were underwater."

Horton says he expects his insurance will cover the cost of new equipment, but his 10 employees were left without a paycheck for Christmas.

"Bacchus. We've worked closely together for years. They are our neighbor and that's how things are done in Troy, you help your neighbor," Horton aid.

He decided to plan a fundraiser. His employees would take over the neighboring restaurants kitchen and dining room and give Troy residents and patrons the chance to help. It was a plan that succeeded.

"The food has been great. The wine has been great. The service has been great," Kathy Rutherford said.

Tony Atanasio said, "I work in Troy a lot as a contractor and I figured since I work here a lot, why not help the community out."

"The community in Troy is so supportive. Whenever one of us is down, the rest of the city gets behind him and lifts him back up," Vic Christopher said.

For Horton, the support he received was overwhelming.

"I don't usually get emotional, but I was," Horton said.

Horton says he does not know when the restaurant will reopen. He is meeting with insurance companies and contractors to come up with a plan. He wouldn't venture a guess at a date, but he hopes for the sake of his employees, it is sooner rather than later.

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