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'Giving' Illustrations

The Joy of Giving

In late August 2008, a waitress at the Montarra Grill in Algonquin, Illinois, received the tip of a lifetime. A couple left $1,000 on Michelle Secreto’s table!  She doesn’t know why. They asked for recommendations for a gluten-free meal, and the waitress referred them to two seafood specials, but it’s doubtful that alone was enough to inspire a $1,000 gift. And the couple wasn’t seeking notoriety: neither Michelle nor the restaurant’s manager know their identity. They apparently gave just for the joy of blessing someone else.  Michelle intends to use the money to send her 12-year-old daughter on a scholastic trip to Washington, D.C.

Reference: Associated Press, "Waitress Left $1,000 Tip at Illinois Eatery," foxnews.com (9-1-08)