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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.

International Women’s Day 2017

This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Menbe will be donating 10% of all her restaurant’s sales on March 8th to the Family Justice Center of Richmond. The Family Justice Center has been a cause close to Menbe’s heart for a long time. Menbe donated $15,000 when the center first opened their doors in 2015 and then $20,000 last year. She also hosts multiple fundraising events for the center at Salute throughout the year. Menbe hopes that on this International Women’s Day the community rallies behind the Family Justice Center and helps raise funds for such a vital organization.

Why does Menbe support the Richmond Family Justice Center? After years of physical and verbal abuse and over 8 months pregnant, Menbe found herself alone in the streets of Rome. She had just snuck out of her home in the middle of the night, fearing for her life. She eventually wandered into a women’s shelter ran by the Mother Teresa Sisters, where she later gave birth to her son, Christian. “When I was being abused, I stayed; I had nowhere to go, no one to help me. With a space like the Family Justice Center, I know where to bring women who need a way out of an abusive relationship.” Menbe knows that organizations like the Family Justice Center of Richmond can be the difference between life and death for some women and that’s why she does everything she can to make sure that they have the funds necessary to carry on their amazing work.


Business as Usual!

Salute and Staff would like to thank everyone for their support. We are continue our business as usual. As we are approaching the holiday’s reservation are available.

All of us at Salute are proud to do whatever we can for our community and are overwhelmed by the enormous support and generosity from our loyal customers, neighbors, friends, families, and business associates in this effort to continue to make Salute’s Thanksgiving Day Celebration a yearly event and excited to see how this will grow for many years to come.

Please Contribute to Salute’s Day of Giving Thanks Event

We are able to accept your charitable donations through Richmond Community Foundation (501 c 3 Charity, FED ID# 94-3337754.) Checks should be made payable to: Richmond Community Foundation, with a memo “Salute’s Day of Giving Thanks Fund”, and sent to Salute E Vita Ristorante, 1900 Esplanade Drive, Richmond, CA, 94804.

If you prefer to donate using your credit card, please go to the following link, and apply this donation to “Membe’s Way Fund” in the “Please apply this donation to the following fund or program:” section.
Or, you can call us at (510) 215-0803

If you would like to donate gift bag items, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact us at
And finally, we want to thank all of our volunteers who have helped in the past. We couldn’t have done it without you! Please accept our utmost appreciation for your generous and heartfelt contribution.

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