Philly restaurants come together to help popular bartender recover from critical injury

Sheila Modglin was struck by a car in February.

Andrew Kramer
September 24, 2018 - 9:47 pm
Richard Modglin outside Dirty Franks

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you've been to Dirty Franks at 13th and Pine streets at any point over the last three decades, odds are you've come across Sheila Modglin.

She's tended bar there for over 30 years, and has become quite popular among patrons.

She's also known for starting a nonprofit organization for children called Sunshine Arts, which helps underprivileged kids after school in the arts.

In February, however, Modglin was struck by a car.

"The first two, two-and-a-half months were spent basically on life support," said her brother, Richard Modglin. "And then, when she started breathing on her own, slowly she started getting better, and had a setback, one of two."

Richard said Sheila has made more progress in recent weeks, but she still has a long way to go.

"We're taking it one day at a time on the recovery, but every time I see her I push her a little harder," he said. "She's a fighter. I know she's not going to give up and we're not going to give up either."

Sheila doesn't have insurance. Her family has been having a tough time paying for the medical bills.

Hoping to raise money for Sheila and her ongoing rehab, Dining out for Sheila will be taking place all throughout October across the city. The restaurants will donate certain portions of each bill to Sheila's recovery.

According to Richard, there are around 45 restaurants that have signed up to participate so far, and he hopes to see that number double.

"Some [restaurants> are doing the entire menu and giving a percentage," he explained. "Others are giving a flat fee. Some are just going to make a drink that's going to be available for the month of October with a portion of each sold will go to Sheila."

He calls the support that's been shown for his sister "amazing."

"It not only speaks to the love that she always showed," he added, "but speaks to the community feel of the Philadelphia restaurants."