CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (KSAZ)
When the popular valley restaurant the Buffalo Chip Saloon caught fire this past November, fundraisers were held to help the employees get by until the restaurant could open again.
But tonight some of those employees are wondering what happened to all the money that was raised. They claim they haven't seen a dime.
Marcy Jones talked to a couple of workers and the owner to help get to the bottom of this.
It's only been five weeks since the Buffalo Chip Saloon was destroyed and just over two weeks since the big community fundraiser that brought in thousands of dollars, but some employees say they're not receiving the help they were told they would.
However, the owner also has a message for those employees…and that is, “be patient.”
Larry Wendt, owner of the Buffalo Chip Saloon, says they have helped employees and have been divvying up the funds on a case by case system.
"We prioritized with the single mothers...some worked 5 days," says Wendt.
Still, some employees say they were unfairly denied assistance from management.
"We have single mothers who were beloved employees of the Chip... they were told, “Good luck,”” says Jen Madison, a former Buffalo Chip Saloon employee.
Larry says he hopes his employees will remember this was a gift from the community and that they're doing the best they can.
"Think about the generosity of this community... it's just a process," says Wendt.
But with more questions than answers, some staff say they want more transparency.
"We know that there is one last disbursement coming from the Frontier Town benefit...and not the management," Madison said.
There is another chunk of resources coming down tomorrow. Wendt says those funds will be distributed to those who need it most.