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Help Menbe's Way Change Lives

RSVP HERE July 15, 2021: "Hello Friends and Neighbors, 

It's been a while since I last saw all your beautiful faces - and oh how I've missed you. Although you've heard a little less from me over the last few years, I have continued to support my community in the Bay Area and Ethiopia. Here in the Bay Area, I've continued to advocate for victims of Domestic Violence, and in Ethiopia, thanks to your donations, I was able to complete a dormitory that now houses 80 girls, allowing them to attend school safely.

With your help, Menbe's Way has been able to do some incredible things, and I'm just getting started. But first I need your help. When my restaurant, Salute, was open, it served as the biggest revenue generator for the foundation. Now that it is closed, the foundation relies almost solely on your generous donations.

If you would like to continue supporting Menbe's Way, please consider making a donation or attending one of our fundraising dinners.  

Menbe says, "As with everything that I do, it's all possible because of your generous support. If you can, please make a tax-deductible donation."


To “Menbe,” former owner of Saluté e Vita Ristorante, and Richmond Community Foundation Board member, giving back to her community is an essential part of who she is. This inspiring business leader was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for her outstanding achievements in public service.

Menbe knows firsthand that a helping hand can make a dramatic difference in a person’s life. Although she’s now a successful business woman, Menbe suffered unspeakable hardships in the past and in fact, was once homeless herself.

Each year, Menbe invites hundreds of struggling veterans and others in need to her elegant restaurant for a free fine-dining meal. They are seated at tables set with china and crystal on white tablecloths, and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with dignity and love.

Throughout the year Menbe hosts many charity events in addition to her Thanksgiving Dinner, including almost a dozen etiquette classes and paying the tuition for 6 children at Northern Lights School in Oakland.

This year, Menbe went above and beyond for mothers in need. On May 12, Salute e Vita Ristorante hosted 75 single, low-income Richmond mothers for brunch after receiving spa trelocal from local salon Beauty by Nature. Menbe continued the celebration on May 13 by creating a 4-course luncheon at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for 150 mothers who are spending time with their children in the hospital during Mother's Day weekend. It was an elegant affair featuring the finest tableware and and special gifts for devoted mothers.

All money donated here goes directly to Menbe's Way Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Richmond Community Foundation , a non-profit dedicated to building healthy, sustainable communities, and will support Menbe's generous gifts to the community!

Help spread the word!
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Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 3260 Blume Drive, Suite #110
  • Richmond, CA 94806
  • USA
Richmond Community Foundation
In Support of Richmond Community Foundation
Richmond Community Foundation continues to strive for healthy, thriving communities that are safe and diverse: where families flourish and children are given new hope for a bright and abundant future through five key areas:  Community Growth, Health, Quality Education, Restoring Neighborhoods and Public Safety.
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  2. Doug Sprague
    Doug Sprague gave a $208.86 donation
    13 days ago · Like
  3. Shana Bagley
    Shana Bagley gave a $500 donation
    Dedication In Honor of: Love and Hope
    Sorry to miss your fabulous dinner.
    9 months ago · Like
  4. An anonymous donation has been made
    Pleased to support Menbe's Way and their efforts abroad. Audrey and Floyd Cormier
    10 months ago · Like
  5. Eileen Mougeot
    Eileen Mougeot gave a $2,000 donation
    Looking forward to dinner Saturday!
    10 months ago · Like
  6. Rebecca Guyette
    Rebecca Guyette gave a $1,000 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Nancy
    10 months ago · Like
  7. Elisa Nakata
    Elisa Nakata gave a $500 donation
    10 months ago · Like
  8. Doug Sprague
    Doug Sprague gave a $2,000 donation
    10 months ago · Like
  9. Caryn Augst
    Caryn Augst gave a $250 donation
    10 months ago · Like
  10. An anonymous donation of $100 has been made
    over 2 years ago · Like
  11. John Rowe
    John Rowe gave a $100 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  12. An anonymous donation of $50 has been made
    Best wishes for a job always done. You are a very special person and I wish you the very best in your wonderful gestures. Sherry Gordon
    over 2 years ago · Like
  13. Jutta Kullmann
    Jutta Kullmann gave a donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  14. Linda M Lambie
    Linda M Lambie gave a $100 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  15. Nancy Rader
    Nancy Rader gave a $25 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  16. Shenna Moe
    Shenna Moe gave a $200 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  17. Gina Wolley
    Gina Wolley gave a $250 donation
    Sorry for the late contribution. Meant to get this to you in time for Thanksgiving. Continue to respect, appreciate and admire all you do for those who need it most. Your heart is enormous.
    over 2 years ago · Like
  18. Teresa Tucker
    Teresa Tucker gave a $50 donation
    All the best to you and your good works.
    over 2 years ago · Like
  19. Arthur and Susan Walenta
    Arthur and Susan Walenta gave a $50 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  20. Cornelio Ancheta
    Cornelio Ancheta gave a $50 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
    RAYMOND WANSER gave a $100 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  22. Lois Heaney
    Lois Heaney gave a $50 donation
    Thank you for all you do with such grace.
    over 2 years ago · Like
  23. An anonymous donation of $100 has been made
    over 2 years ago · Like
  24. Anastasia Ferratti
    Anastasia Ferratti gave a $100 donation
    over 2 years ago · Like
  25. Jeanette Juniel
    Jeanette Juniel gave a $100 donation
    Dedication In Memory of: Albert and Canary Juniel
    over 2 years ago · Like
  26. Jonee Grassi
    Jonee Grassi gave a $100 donation
    Happy Thanksgiving! Keep up the good work. Cheers, Jonee
    over 2 years ago · Like
  27. Alan & Jane Del Simone
    Alan & Jane Del Simone gave a $50 donation
    Keep up the good work, Membe! We miss you! Alan & Jane
    over 2 years ago · Like
  28. Sonya Hancock
    Sonya Hancock gave a $10 donation
    Happy Thanksgiiving
    over 2 years ago · Like
  29. Dorothy Gilbert
    Dorothy Gilbert gave a $30 donation
    We are so many of us thankful for YOU, Membere! Whether we benefit from your Thanksgiving generosity or just see your lovely way of being!
    over 2 years ago · Like
  30. Daniel Bort
    Daniel Bort gave a $200 donation
    Love you Menbe!
    over 2 years ago · Like
  31. Susan Romero
    Susan Romero gave a $100 donation
    Thank you!
    over 2 years ago · Like
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John Rowe
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Nancy Rader
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Gina Wolley
Teresa Tucker
Arthur and Susan Walenta
Cornelio Ancheta
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Anastasia Ferratti
Jeanette Juniel
Jonee Grassi
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Sonya Hancock
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