Archives for May 2017

Richmond restaurant owner who lost mother hosts brunch for motherless boys

Aklilu is hosting her fifth annual “Yes, You Are Worthy” brunch with a slight theme shift: While in years past she has focused on single mothers living in public housing, this year, she will shine a light on children who have lost their mothers to gun violence, just like she did.


Peterson: Richmond woman’s Mother’s Day event a respite from grief

Menbere Aklilu hugs Jasiah Porter-Franklin, 3, as she greets him, Dolores Gholar, left, and Aiden Porter, 5, at her Salute e Vita Ristorante in Richmond, Calif. on Friday, May 12, 2017. Jasiah and Aiden’s mother, Rashanda Franklin, was recently killed and this lunch is for the families of victims of domestic and gun violence. Rashanda Franklin was Gholar’s niece.


Mother’s Day

Menbere Aklilu invites you to make 2017 Mother’s Day Weekend a very special weekend for 200+ Bay Area families. Mother’s Day is coming quickly, and you can help make this day special for an especially deserving mother.

On Friday, May 12th Menbe will host her annual “Yes You are Worthy” brunch for 75 single, low-income Richmond mothers for brunch, with the added treat of special mommy pampering from Richmond’s local day spas. The guest of honor this year will be Barbara Harris, mother of Rashanda Porter-Franklin (the mother of three small children who recently perished during a domestic dispute in Richmond, CA).
Menbe will continue the celebration on Saturday, May 13th, Menbe will create a 4-course luncheon at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for 150 mothers who are spending time with their children in the hospital during Mother’s Day weekend. The luncheon will be an elegant affair featuring the finest tableware, special flat & silverware and special gifts for the devoted mothers.
To make these wonderful project a success we need your support. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Donate a gift: We are still collecting presents to gift to the mothers. We want the gifts to be special and meaningful, so please donate something that you would personally give to your own mother or would want to be gifted to you. We’re thinking scarves, full-size lotions, and $25 Visa gift cards so they can purchase a meal the following day.
  1. Volunteer: There are many volunteer positions available for this event. We are looking for Gift Wrapping volunteers. We also need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up the site on the event date. For more information on volunteer assignments call us at (510) 215-0803
  1. Donate: This event is made possible by the Menbe’s Way Fund. Menbe’s Way is managed by the Richmond Community Foundation. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Menbe’s Way Fund please visit this link.