TROY —Troy and Miami County residents have an opportunity to help a community member whom many of us know and adore.
Skyline’s General Manager Mike Fariello started at Skyline 16 years ago as a server. He worked his way up to general manager, which is a role he’s filled for 12 years.
Skyline Manager Mark Wilver described Fariello as being fun and bubbly, and said the way he interacted with the guests made him the perfect ambassador for Skyline.
“One of the things we pride ourselves on is reaching out to the guests,” he said. “He is the model for the rest of us. He goes up to people he’s only seen once or twice and just talks to them. He knows how to make you feel like you’re in his living room.”
Last fall Wilver said Fariello had been experiencing stomach pain and had been going to doctors to figure out what the source of the pain.
About nine weeks ago, Fariello learned he had stage four pancreatic cancer which had spread through his liver.
Wilver said when Fariello broke the news to the crew at Skyline, it was devastating.
“We weren’t expecting to hear anything like that, and we were hit pretty hard by it,” he said.
Fariello worked through treatments up until a few weeks ago and is now on short-term disability.
In order to help Fariello, Aug. 3-9 was declared Mike Fariello Week at Skyline. For this week, 25 percent from Skyline’s entire sales goes to help Fariello.
“We were planning on doubling our sales, running on a $40,000 week, but it looks like we’re going to doubling that,” Wilver said. “So if we meet $40,000, $10,000 will go to Mike.”
The crew had started a fish bowl for themselves to throw money in every day, which inspired some guests to contribute to the fish bowl as well.
“Guests were saying, ‘Hey, I’m helping by eating here, but I’d like to do something else for him. Is there anyway to do donations?’” he said. “People have been throwing money in the fish bowl as well.”
The outpouring so far has been impressive. Wilver said Fariello has not been in the restaurant as much due to fatigue, but the two have been talking regularly and Wilver said Fariello feels touched.
“He’s really feeling loved, I can tell you that,” Wilver said. “I was talking to him earlier and he’s feeling overwhelmed by all the love coming toward him. It’s great, it really is awesome.”
Mike Fariello Week continues at the Troy location until Sunday.
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