Dine Out and Support St. Mary Medical Center’s C.A.R.E. Program

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Michael Barber started out washing dishes at The Park Pantry at age 15. Throughout his career as cook, manager, bartender, and then as restaurateur at several food service establishments, he has stayed close to the community of Long Beach.

Over the years, people throughout the city have become acquainted with Barber at his own establishments: The Falcon, Fire Island, and now Paradise Piano Bar. Some also know him as a real estate agent; still others know him as an impassioned fundraiser for the community.

On Sept. 25, Barber and 18 other committed restaurateurs have pledged to donate at least 20 percent of their day’s proceeds to St. Mary Medical Center’s C.A.R.E. Program. Funds from the annual C.A.R.E. to Dine event support the C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education) Program, which provides education and prevention services, medical and dental treatment, and social services.

The major supporters of C.A.R.E. to Dine are the people who go out to participating restaurateurs for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Sept. 25. “One of the nice things about this fundraiser is that it’s really all about the people going out to dinner and helping,” said Barber. “People are just going out to dinner, something they do any day of the week. We love supporting them.”

The following is an alphabetical list of participating C.A.R.E. to Dine restaurants:

Baja Sonora, Bo-Beau Kitchen & Roof Tap, The Breakfast Bar, Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria, Coffee Cup Café, Fuego at the Maya, Hamburger Mary’s, Hot Java, Kafe Neo, La Strada, La Traviata, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, Naples Rib Company, Paradise Piano Bar, The Park Pantry, La Parolaccia, Rick and Brian’s Café and Bakery, The Silver Fox, and Vino & Cucina Trattoria Italiana.

For information about taking an active role in C.A.R.E. to Dine, go online at http://careprogram.org/events/dine or call Lorena Fortiz at (562) 624-4959.

About the C.A.R.E. Program

C.A.R.E. was founded in 1986 by emergency room social worker Jennifer Andrews. C.A.R.E. has become the gold standard for comprehensive HIV services, providing HIV specialty care and services to Los Angeles County residents who are infected and affected by HIV disease, regardless of their ability to pay.

C.A.R.E. provides a full spectrum of services including medical and dental care, on-site pharmacy, case management, mental health and support groups, treatment education and peer support, clinical trials, nutritional counseling, an on-site food bank, ADAP and HIPP enrollment, benefits counseling, and HOPWA housing enrollment.

About Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, more than 1,350 employees and 389 rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading-edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community we serve. Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center has mostly private rooms and enjoys a reputation for quality, including a 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and a 2014 Stroke Care Excellence Award. St. Mary Medical Center is also a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program Accredited Center and has a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, in addition to a CIGNA Bariatric Center of Excellence designation. For more information, please visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org.

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