Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Levi’s “Give Them Hope Now” campaign, Wells Fargo, Katine & Nechman offer free legal advice through AIDS Foundation Houston, Dessert Gallery, Bank of America home loans, IW Marks Jewelers, and Texas A&M.
By Nancy Ford
HOPE THROUGH DENIM Representatives from top jeans manufacturer Levi’s Brand have announced the launch of the clothing giant’s “Give Them Hope Now” campaign supporting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk school in New York City. The online campaign, which runs through November, aims to raise $500,000 to fund HMI’s work with LGBT and questioning youth. Details: givethemhopenow.org.
SPEAKING OF LEVI’S Wells Fargo, along with Levi’s Brand, were both honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for their commitment to gay-inclusive advertising. The two companies were honored at a May 18 reception in New York City at which time GLAAD announced the launch of its Advertising Media Program. GLAAD representatives say the new program aims to “monitor all forms of advertising and work to ensure fair and accurate representations of the LGBT community or demand action when defamation occurs.” Details: glaad.org.
LEGAL AIDS Mitchell Katine and John Nechman, partners at Katine & Nechman L.L.P., have announced the law firm is partnering with AIDS Foundation Houston to provide 30 minutes of free legal consultation by appointment to any HIV-positive client on the second Tuesday of every month. The service is open to any HIV-positive individual from the Houston area seeking free counsel. If any action is recommended during a consultation, Katine & Nechman L.L.P. says it will take steps when applicable or make referrals to appropriate legal aide offices, including the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and South East Texas Legal Clinic. Details: lawkn.com • 713/808-1000.
ON THE MOVE Metaphysical Matrix has moved to its new location at 2360 W. Alabama, offering even more incense, candles, statues, books, singing bowls, minerals, salt lamps, Feng Shui items, and unique jewelry. Psychic fairs are held each second and fourth Saturdays. Details: 713/780-9995.
SWEET CHARITY AND MORE Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café has moved its flagship store from its former tucked-away location to a more accessible space at 3600 Kirby Drive, suite D. Owner Sara Brook says gift items and original artwork created by pediatric patients from the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson are also available at the café, with proceeds benefiting the hospital’s programs for young patients. Details: dessertgallery.com • 713/522-9999.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME Despite the economic downturn, things are looking up for those seeking to invest in real estate. “Rates are extremely low, and now is the best time to buy your new home or refinance your existing one,” Cody Grizzoffi says. Grizzoffi is a senior mortgage loan officer with Bank of America Home Loans, formerly known as Countrywide Home Loans. Details: codygrizzoffi.com • 832/541-1103.
MORE GEMS IW Marks Jewelers has consolidated inventory following the closing of its Sugar Land store, offering a bigger selection of diamonds, jewelry, and Swiss watches at its original location (3841 Bellaire Blvd.). Details: iwmarks.com • 713/668-5000.
TAMU AWARDS On April 29, Texas A&M University’s Department of Multicultural Services announced the recipients of its 2009 Diversity Awards. The first winner of the Phyllis R. Frye Award was Dr. James Rosenheim for nurturing relationships with Texas A&M’s LGBT community for over two decades, both on and off campus. Vanessa Delgado won 2009 Aggie Allies Rainbow Award for leadership as president of the student organization, GLBTA, as well as her work at the GLBT Resource Center and on the Student Diversity Alliance. The GLBTA student organization was also recognized with the Diversity Service Organizational Award from the Department of Multicultural Services.