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No standing, no dancing, no live music and no visiting other tables will be the rule of thumb for pubgoers in Lancaster from next week.
The city’s Labour group is investigating after the footage of Lynnie Hinnigan’s garden was shared online.
Sarah Buxbaum, Owner of Celebrate with Sarah dessert catering service, based in Thousand Oaks, CA may be unable to plan events during the COVID-19 shutdown, but she hasn’t stopped planning and creating something new. Buxbaum has launched the “Sweet Gratitude Movement” – A service where anyone can purchase cupcakes in any amount they choose as a way to “pay it forward” with dessert drop off to local hospitals and first responders.
“I have always been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. That, along with a love for baking and styling parties, helped successfully launch my dessert catering company, Celebrate with Sarah, four years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent my event-based business to a screeching halt, but that didn’t stop me from continuing forward in a different way. I’m now using my kitchen and messages on social media to lift the spirits of essential workers, one cupcake at a time,” Buxbaum said.
Buxbaum has kept busy baking and delivering her sweet treats to local hospitals and first responders and she is looking to expand her efforts with the help and donations from others to give back as much as possible to thank the community for their service during the pandemic.
To reach Sarah Buxbaum and Celebrate with Sarah, or to donate to the “Sweet Gratitude” project, call (805) 279-2798. Or, e-mail email@example.com. Donations can be online made via: https://bit.ly/2Uv3yg3 as well.
To learn more about Celebrate with Sarah, visit: http://www.celebratewithsarah.com.
About Sarah Buxbaum
Sarah is an award-winning Business Owner, Philanthropist, Author, and creator behind Celebrate with Sarah. Her background includes 15+ years of hospitality & customer service experience including Food & Beverage Manager at two international hotels brands. She’s a “40 Under Forty” Award Winner & an Emerging Leader National Finalist for eWomen Network, given to heart-centered leaders for demonstrating significant accomplishments in the areas of education, business and service to their communities.
DETROIT– In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan restaurants lost more than $490 million in sales and 72,000 jobs, forcing many to close their doors. COVID-19 has also brought unique challenges to nonprofits serving vulnerable homeless populations. Neighborhood Service Organization, for example, had to transfer nearly 100 homeless to a new facility to allow for greater social distancing but which lacked an operating kitchen.
Pay it Forward: Power a Business & Feed the Homeless is a community-driven campaign aimed at funding Detroit minority-owned restaurants to cater meals for those in need. In less than ten days, more than 360 donors across the community have raised more than $32,000 to support this effort: paying seven local restaurants to feed about 100 individuals five days a week, including homeless sheltering at Neighborhood Service Organization as well as at-risk girls and women through Alternatives for Girls.
On Monday, April 13, Detroit Pepper Company Chef and Owner Marlin Hughes delivered the first set of meals to Neighborhood Service Organization, with meal delivery to Alternatives for Girls starting this Wednesday.
For at least six weeks, the following restaurants are delivering meals to those in need:
● Mondays: Detroit Pepper Company’s Marlin Hughes (East Warren)
● Tuesdays: Norma G’s Lester Gouvia (Jefferson Chalmers)
● Wednesdays: YumVillage’s Godwin Ihentuge (New Center)
● Thursdays: T’Mo’s BBQ’s Tito Dotson (Northwest Detroit/Live6)
● Fridays: Rincon Tropical’s Lizaida Moreno (Southwest Detroit)
Two local bakeries are also providing desserts to residents twice a week: Terri’s Cakes’ Garnet T. Gullet (Eastside) is delivering on Wednesday and Lucki’s Cheesecakes’ Rhonda Crenshaw Morris (Woodbridge/Northwest) on Friday.
“We wanted to be able to help an at-risk group and monetarily help keep local Detroit businesses operating through COVID-19 all at the same time: This does both,” YumVillage Owner and Chef Godwin Ihentuge said. “Getting this kind of support from the community really shows me how much people care about local restaurants and Detroiters. People are ordering take-out, tipping, and contributing to efforts like this, all helping me and other local businesses keep our doors open.”
“Because of the shelter-in-place order from Governor Whitmer, we are in a position where we have to meet all the basic needs of our clients,” Neighborhood Service Organization President and CEO Linda Little said. “Food is the number one basic need. This food not only provides nutrition for those we serve, it also provides comfort. It shows those experiencing homelessness that the community cares. We are extremely grateful for this outpouring of love from the restaurants and donors.”
Five Detroit professionals launched the campaign on April 3, with the goal to raise enough money to support the homeless through the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, estimated at about $5,000 per week.
“There are a lot of efforts happening in the city to support those in need during this crisis but we wanted to prioritize black-and brown-owned businesses in Detroit neighborhoods to help make sure they’re still here when this is over,” campaign collaborator Jeremy Lewis said. “The community is really stepping up in a grassroots way to show their support – both to restaurants and those in the hardest situations.”
The group recently partnered with Soulcial Scene, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting black-owned businesses, to serve as the campaign’s nonprofit fiduciary. The organizing team also applied for and were successfully awarded two COVID-19 response mini-grants from the Desai Sethi Foundation (Detroit Community Resilience Prize) and the Schusterman Family Foundation (REALITY Micro Grant). All of the money raised from the campaign will go directly to partner local restaurants, Neighborhood Service Organization, Alternatives for Girls or other beneficiaries who may be added as the fund increases.
Organizing team contact: Jeremy Lewis – 313.550.8038
Restaurant contact: Godwin Ihentuge – 734.585.4268
Neighborhood Service Organization contact: Sharon Maier, VP, Corporate Development – 313.400.6439