Montrio Bistro To Hold Fundraiser For The Fund For Homeless Women Food, Wine, Laughter and A Good Cause Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30 p.m.
Special Art Exhibit “Becoming Invisible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County”
MONTEREY, CA -- Sip award winning wines, savor small bites from Chef Tony Baker, listen to music, participate in a live auction, meet new people and enjoy old friends while supporting The Fund For Homeless Women -- Dedicated to shelter, safety and community -- at Montrio Bistro. There will also be a special art exhibition feature several select photographs from “Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County.”
· Thursday, October 2nd
· 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
· Montrio Bistro, 414 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA
· Sip award winning wines
· Savor appetizers from Chef Baker
· View several select photographs on display from the exhibition of Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County
· $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting The Fund For Homeless Women.
· There will be a special live auction item.
· Tickets need to be pre-purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.com/
· Space is limited to 100 people.
About The Fund For Homeless Women -- Dedicated to shelter, safety and community
“Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County.”
I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me… When they approach me they see only my surrounding, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.” Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: (from Carl Cherry Center exhibition catalog)
Michael Reid, associate rector at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was moved to action by a letter from a formerly homeless woman named Joyce. She described her life as a homeless person, spending nights outside in the elements without a sleeping bag or tent, being vulnerable and living in fear. “She wanted to do whatever she could to make sure women had a bed at night and didn’t have to worry about what might happen to them while they slept.” He says. “Joyce’s story broke my heart. And although I didn’t know how I could help, I knew that I had to try.”
He found out that there were indeed gaps in the care of homeless women, particularly for women who were single, older and simply poor. He discussed it with his friend, Kathy Whilden, a 30-year local social worker veteran and Buddhist priest / Carl Cherry Center executive director Robert Reese who suggested they do an exhibit to raise awareness. The result was a striking multi-media art exhibit including photography, audio, video and stories exploring the lives of homeless women in Monterey County. “Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County.” ran November 9 through December 14th.
At the same time, Reverend Reid wanted to create resources to help agencies support homeless women and approached Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) about creating a field of interest fund and “The Fund for Homeless Women” was born. An anonymous CFMC fund holder, moved by the reality faced by these invisible women, donated $50,000, creating a permanent endowment for the new fund.
Background on Montrio Bistro:
For more than 20 years, Montrio has celebrated the heritage and craftsmanship of the local purveyor. From seed to fork, Montrio’s ingredients have always changed with the season -- as nature intended. Montrio and Chef Baker are proud to continue that focus with even more emphasis on the delicious and seasonal ingredients that come from our local farmers, ranchers and fishermen.
Montrio is dedicated to using more local ingredients, showcasing the talents of our local purveyors to produce even more amazing food! Awaken your senses and feel good about what you eat. For more information on Montrio or to sign up for our mailing list today call (831) 648-8880. Montrio is open daily from 4:30 p.m. –10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. For more information, go to www.montrio.com. Become a Fan on Facebook for special recipes, cooking tips and events.