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Business News: August 2007

Businessness in the Community that Support the Community
Alan Davidson’s Body Brilliance, White Linen Night in the Heights, supermarkets help food bank, Rainbow Nights at La Strada, happy b-day Chances, and Merril Lynch gives $$ to Lambda Legal.

Authors Alan Davidson and Dawson Church met at the Independent Publishers Awards in NYC.

AUTHOR, AUTHORpenned by Alan Davidson, the owner of Essential Touch Massage & Spa, received a bronze medal in the Body/Mind/Spirit category at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in June. (See “I Sing the Body Brilliant,” Read Out, March 2007 OutSmart.) Davidson is pictured here at the awards in New York City with The Genie in Your Genes author Dawson Church. Davidson had contributed to Church’s previous compilation, Healing the Heart of the World (Elite Books), which was honored as best inspirational book at the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Details: To watch Davidson’s Body Brilliance movie, visit

Body Brilliance: Mastering Your Five Vital Intelligences,


What’s cooler in steamy August than white linen? Just about nothing, believe the organizers of the second annual White Linen Night in the Heights. At the inaugural White Linen event in 2006, about 13,000 visitors participated in the one-night shopping and entertainment event. “Last year’s crowds took us by pleasant surprise,” organizer Karen Mann says. “This year there’s a lot of excitement about what’s in the works and we’ll be ready for more.”

WhiteLinenThe celebration of art, culture, and community takes place on August 4, 6–10 p.m., throughout the Heights along 19th Street, Studewood, White Oak, Washington, Yale, and Heights Boulevard.

Participating sponsors/businesses include St. Arnold’s Brewery, Glass Wall Restaurant, Koelsch Gallery, G Gallery, M2 Gallery, Redbud Gallery, Texas Collaborative Arts, Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant, The Boom Boom Room, Sterling Bank, The Homestretch, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Oolala, The Artful Gallery, Karen Derr Realtors, Harold’s in the Heights, Eclectic Home, Jubilee, Venus Hair, Wear it Again Sam, Bliss on 19th, Yale Street Arts Market, Lovejoy’s Antiques, The Backyard Gardener, 6th Street Bar & Grill, Yale Street Arts Market, Jimmy’s Ice House, and Bacardi.

Recommended attire? Take a guess. Details:

Brian Green (left), president and chief executive officer of Houston Food Bank, mayor Bill White, and Houston Food Bank board president Michael Marx of Kroger celebrate the 25th anniversary of the food bank at City Hall.

Brian Green (L), president/CEO of Houston Food Bank, mayor Bill White, and Houston Food Bank board president Michael Marx of Kroger.


On June 5, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Fiesta helped Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network celebrate 25th anniversary of the Houston Food Bank. The June 5 date is designated Hunger Awareness Day by America’s Second Harvest-The Nation’s Food Bank Network, the Chicago-based nonprofit organization.

At the celebration, Kroger presented a check for $100,000 to the food bank.

“Twenty-five years ago, when the Houston Food Bank was just beginning, the founders shared a vision of gathering food in a central location and distributing that nourishment to all who were hungry,” said food bank president Brian Greene. “In the first year of operation, the food bank distributed one million pounds of food. Today, we distribute 38 times that amount annually.”



Its weekly Tuesday evening Rainbow Night is evolving into what Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages chief executive officer and publisher Cristina Martinez intended: a business networking evening that also promotes nonprofits and other social, political, and fundraising organizations.

Human Rights Campaign-Houston joins the Rainbow Pages as a sponsor of Rainbow Night on the last Tuesday of each month. The events are held at La Strada (322 Westheimer, 713/523-1014).

Martinez invites members of community nonprofit groups interested in becoming Rainbow Night partners to contact her. “We have three other Tuesday nights for other organizations,” she says. Details: 281/997-9778.


Its six-figure, post-fire makeover complete, Chances Bar is celebrating its baker’s dozen anniversary on August 18. That night, Livya Compean (“in tune in houston,” August 2005 OutSmart ) performs in what owner Nick Vastakis bills as the largest lesbian bar in the country. Log on to the club’s website to request a cover tune you would like to hear Compean sing that night.

With the adjacent Barn and G Spot bars, Chances (1100 Westheimer, 713/523-7217) hosts a weekly Women’s Night each Wednesday with a twist: Men are welcomed to enjoy the night, featuring $3 call drinks, but must be accompanied by female escort. Details:


Merrill Lynch, the financial management and advisory firm with several offices in the greater Houston area, has presented a $100,000 gift to Lambda Legal.

“We have been working closely with Merrill Lynch since 2003 on our planned giving program, including financial education seminars for Lambda Legal members throughout the country, and they have underwritten numerous events for us over the years,” said Kevin Cathcart, Lambda Legal executive director. “We value our relationship with Merrill Lynch, and their generous contribution will help us work toward equality for LGBT people and people with HIV.”

Other long-term national corporate sponsors of Lambda Legal include American Airlines, Deloitte, IBM, and Stoli. Details:

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