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Business News February 2010

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Lesbian Health Initiative, The Center for AIDS, Laurenzo’s Grille, MyFitFoods, GLBT Aquafest Cruise and Tour Events, group psychotherapy targeting stress, anxiety, and depression, and Pink Dolphin

by Nancy Ford

$$$ for LHI


Lesbian Health Initiative–Houston and the local chapter of CanCare each received a $500 donation as part of an Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donation was made in the name of Shelley Nadel of Strategic Financial Group L.L.P., a general agency of MassMutual for her work with women’s groups and women clients. Nadel, whose firm is based in Greenway Plaza, recently conducted an informative financial seminar geared toward women. massmutual.com. PHOTO CAPTION: (L–r) Strategic Financial Group’s Shelley Nadel, Ann Pinchak (LHI president), and Jenna Miller (LHI board member).

AT THE HELM OF CFA. The Center for AIDS Information and Advocacy has announced its leadership for 2010, with Sally Jozwiak, Austin Smith, Sharon Williams, and Claudine Alexandre-McGill tapped to be new board members. CFA board members elected as officers for 2010 include Bryan Hlavinka, chair; Julie Eberly, first vice chair; Tom Looney, second vice chair; Gary Voth, treasurer; JC Perez, secretary; and Steve Loden, immediate past chair. centerforaids.org • 713/527-8219.

GOOD EATING, GOOD WORKS. Houston restaurateur Roland D. Laurenzo has added a new restaurant to his roster of award-winning restaurants. Laurenzo’s Grille, located at 4412 Washington Ave., specializes in high-quality prime rib, burgers, and margaritas. In addition, the walls of the restaurant are adorned with sports memorabilia from some of the world’s finest athletes. All items on the walls are for sale and the proceeds benefit a list of rotating charities or a charity of the customer’s choosing. laurenzosgrille.com • 713/880-5111.

FAST AND FIT. MyFitFoods, a Houston-based company making fresh, healthy prepared meals that are convenient, affordable, and taste great, has grown from three stores to eight stores in less than one year. The recent opening of its newest location, at 5535 Memorial Dr., ensures that MyFitFoods can continue to meet the growing demand for fresh, healthy prepared meals-to-go for the time-crunched health-conscious community. myfitfoods.com.

TRAVEL ACCOLADE. The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International has announced its seventh annual “hot list” of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. The honorees, including Tom Baker, president and co-owner of CruiseCenter.com and GLBT Aquafest Cruise and Tour Events, represent the best sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries, and were honored during a private ceremony on Feb. 1 in New York City.

HELP AFTER COMING OUT. Gay men who are considering or have recently come out are sought for newly developed group psychotherapy targeting stress, anxiety, and depression. Facilitated by University of Houston doctoral candidate Christina Robinson and Dr. Peter Norton through Psychological Research and Services Center, the Open Living Program at the Psychology Research and Services Center offers an affirmative therapy program for gay men who are experiencing stress related to their consideration or recent decision to come out. If appropriate, individuals will receive short-term affirmative cognitive-behavioral group psychotherapy in 10 sessions. Therapy fees for the group are $5 per session. 713/743-8600.

PINK DOLPHIN RELOCATES. New stage and dance floor lights, a new sound system, a champagne party room, and a lunch menu are just a few of the amenities to be found at the new location of the Pink Dolphin. A longtime staple of Galveston’s bar scene, the new facility is located at 1828 Strand St. “Our bar hasn’t lost any of its warmth, friendliness, or caring,” says co-owner Eldredge Langlinais. “We just have a lot more room for more of it now!” 409/621-1808.


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