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Remembering 'Morning Glory's' Sam Mickey

Her manager is hosting a benefit on June 8.

Samantha "Sam" Mickey, who made brunch cool again in 1997 when she opened Morning Glory Diner at 10th and Fitzwater Streets, died May 12 after a long battle with brain cancer.

She was 44 and leaves behind three kids, ages 12, 10 and 7.

Jenny Greer, who's been running the diner since Sam grew weaker, is organizing a benefit for the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly the Wellness Community of Philadelphia) in Fairmount Park, where Sam was cared for.

It will be "breakfast for dinner" - an all-you-can-eat spread of pancakes, eggs, and bacon - served from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 8 at the Morning Glory. More specifics, including the price (probably $15), are forthcoming.

It will be fun, Greer explained. "She would be [annoyed] if I did anything sad or maudlin," she said.

See Craig LaBan's Morning Glory review from 1998.