Santa Barbara, CA (September 23, 2015) — The All-New Globe Restaurant will host a benefit night for Pacific Pride Foundation, Santa Barbara County’s leader in HIV/AIDS preventative services.
Sponsored by GLOBE- Santa Barbara, Sysco foods, Southern Wine & Spirits. A portion of bar sales and some food specialty items will be donated. Drink specials and fun drawings happen throughout the night!
Guest Bartenders for the event include KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Chief Meteorologist Alan Rose, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Senior Reporter John Palminteri, Pacific Pride Foundation Executive Director Colette Schabram, Sunny Quinn, and Dolores Woodson.
Just announced – Pacific Pride Foundation Major Donors Michele Hock and Allison Sharpe will match the donated dollars from Globe benefit night. These dollars go right into Pacific Pride Foundation’s live saving, life benefitting services. Namely, the Necessities of Life Project Free Food Pantry.
About the Necessities of Life Project Free Food Pantry
HIV positive clients and their families can access weekly the Necessities of Life Project (NOLP) in Santa Barbra and Santa Maria. Because our clients are low-income, affording groceries can be a challenge. This is especially worrisome since good nutrition is extremely important in a HIV-positive person’s ability to stay healthy and tolerate the side effects of medication. A key element of our case management services is our free food pantries that provide many of our clients and their families with 50-60 percent of their weekly food needs.
Clients can shop, for free, for items such as milk, bread, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, personal care products, nutritional supplements, and over-the-counter medications. Delivery of grocery items, as well as transportation on shopping days, is available to clients too ill to transport themselves.
The NOLP offers the assistance of a registered dietitian who advises us on what types of food to keep in stock to help minimize rapid weight loss, nutrient malabsorption, and side effects of medications. While other pantry programs are available, the stigma of AIDS and the specific nutritional demands of the disease make our pantries essential for our clients’ wellness. Our case managers use shopping days as a way to check in with clients on a weekly basis.
Due to funding losses and increased grocery costs, each year we face a shortfall in our pantry program. Two years ago, we were spending approximately $75,000 on groceries annually. We are now spending $90,000 but purchasing fewer groceries. While we are managing to get by, there are three or four times a year that the pantry shelves are very lightly stocked, and clients are unable to receive all the items they require for optimum health. This is particularly true for nutritional supplements, which are critical for the health of HIV-positive people.
The Venue –Globe is a Restaurant/bar lounge in Santa Barbara, California, that serves small plated food and a large selection of liquor from all over the world. With more than 45 years in experience, we are dedicated to serving good food and drinks to our customers who just want to have a good time. We have a food and liquor license which allows us to offer all types of liquor so that you may choose what you like best.
In conjunction with the 25th Annual Heart & Sole AIDS Walk – Honoring the 25th AIDS Walk in Santa Barbara County. Walkers, volunteers and donors support the extensive HIV/AIDS services of Pacific Pride Foundation where every dollar stays local. The walk is Saturday, October 3rd at Leadbetter Beach.
Held annually as Pacific Pride Foundation’s largest fundraiser for its HIV/AIDS services, every dollar raised at the Heart + Sole AIDS Walk directly benefits Santa Barbara County, providing the community with free and anonymous HIV testing, medical case management, prevention and education services, and two food pantries for low-income HIV-positive clients and their families. Pacific Pride Foundation offers support and guidance to help participants successfully achieve their fundraising efforts. All abilities welcome!
“25 years ago there was an immediacy to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Now, treatment and preventative measured have improved, but there is still no cure,” said Colette Schabram, Executive Director of Pacific Pride Foundation. “Those infected with the disease in our county need our support. We serve those most in need and those at, or well below, the poverty line. With a growing housing crisis and climbing local prices, your support, and support from businesses like Globe, make our work happen. Supporting can be easy, dine out with us at Globe, or give to our AIDS Walk. It matters deeply to the hundreds of people who struggle with the disease in our county and to the thousands we educate in its prevention.”
For more information, visit www.pacificpridefoundation.org.
ABOUT PACIFIC PRIDE FOUNDATION
The mission of Pacific Pride Foundation is: 1) to offer comprehensive health and social services, counseling, care, education and advocacy to anyone at risk for, infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; and 2) to provide sociocultural services sensitive to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. For more information,