Foodies and restaurateurs will come together for the annual C.A.R.E. to Dine fundraiser on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Every breakfast, lunch or dinner taken at a participating restaurant will benefit St. Mary Medical Center’s C.A.R.E. Program, the only regional comprehensive HIV health service.
Participating restaurants throughout Long Beach have agreed to donate at least 20 percent or more of Oct. 8 food and beverage proceeds to C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education).
Participating C.A.R.E. to Dine restaurants include: Ambrosia Café, Baja Sonora Restaurants, Bo-Beau Kitchen & Roof Tap, Coffee Cup Café, George’s Greek Café, Hamburger Mary’s, Kafe Neo, La Parolaccia, La Strada, La Traviata, Legends Sports Bar, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine , Naples Rib Company, Paradise Piano Bar, Rick & Brian’s Café & Bakery, The Original Park Pantry, and The Silver Fox Bar/Nightclub.
Marcia Alcouloumre, MD, Medical Director of C.A.R.E. Clinic, said the fundraiser represents community engagement and “lets HIV-affected people know that their community is behind them.”
St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Board member Gina Smith, a longtime supporter of the hospital and co-chair of the C.A.R.E. 21 Society fundraising group, described C.A.R.E. to Dine as, “doing something good and having a good time. And 100 percent of proceeds go to St. Mary C.A.R.E.”
Lorena Fortiz, who works for the C.A.R.E. Program and organizes the C.A.R.E. to Dine fundraiser, said C.A.R.E. took in about $23,000 in proceeds from the fundraiser last year. “The goal this year is to raise $35,000 in proceeds and to reconnect with the Long Beach community that appreciates and supports our mission,” said Fortiz.
There are still opportunities to host a happy hour group or a table on the evening of Oct. 8. For more information, call Lorena at (562) 624-4959.
The nationally recognized C.A.R.E. program relies on charitable support from donors to operate many key programs and services. The C.A.R.E. program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach is a nonprofit that provides high-quality health and social services for HIV/AIDS-infected and affected individuals and families. The program, established in 1986, is one of the first clinics dedicated to treating people with HIV and provides high-quality, compassionate service. C.A.R.E. delivers medical, dental and wraparound services to more than 1,200 patients annually.