DECEMBER 24, 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 5
News from Neighborhood & Community Groups
^/Church of the Rock
Plans "Night Watch'
From a Church of the Rock Press Release
Church of the Rock will be having a "Night Watch" on Dec. 31. 1986, 11:30 p.m.
Following the Night Watch, there will be a tellowship with refreshments.
Sunday Bible Study begins at Church of the Rock at 9:30 a.m. followed by services at
• Church of the Rock, 10133 Long Point (H block west ot Gessner off 1-10). 580-8456
<z/Gay Hispanics Plan
New Year's Eve Fundraiser
From a Gay & Lesbian Hispanics Unidos Press Release
The first fundraiser of the year for Gay & Lesbian Hispanics Unidos (GLHU) will be held at
the YWCA, 3621 Willa, next to Spotts Park on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. from 9:00 p.m.-2:00
Baile Ano Nuevo, or Dance of the New Year, will feature Salsa, Chicano, disco and
country music. A donation of $5 in advance or $7 at the door gains admission, beer and
setjps and free champagne at midnight.
Proceeds from this year's baile will help finance a vigorous campaign to promote Spanish
language AIDS risk reduction workshops. GLHU, with material provided by the AIDS
Foundation Houston. Inc. and the Montrose Counseling Center, will present a workshop
once a month beginning in February at the Dignity Center. The workshops have been
successful in the English speaking community and the group hopes to get the same
response from the Spanish speaking community.
• GLHU. P.O Box 600921, 77260, 529-8947. 521-0114
Letters to the Voice
From the readers of the Montrose Voice
^Kroger's Community Spirit
From John Paul Barnich, Vice President for Social Services. AIDS Foundation
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the management and staff of Kroger at
3300 Montrose Boulevard for their generosity, compassion, and community spirit.
In late September, I happened to be in Walgreens pharmacy on Montrose. I noticed
several people waiting for prescriptions whom I recognized as clients of the AIDS Foundation Houston. It occurred to me that, given that a number of drug stores offer discounts to
select groups—senior citizens, etc.—and given that a large percentage of the patrons of
that Walgreens is gay, and given the quantity of prescriptions and the staggering expense
of many AIDS medications. Walgreens might consider offering a discount to persons with
I approached Walgreens with the idea and went through their chain of command. I was
finally told that Walgreens was a conservative company and was not interested in my
I next went to Kroger and made the same proposal to Mr. Tom Schnoor. the pharmacy
manager. Mr. Schnoor could not have been more helpful. First, he agreed to give all clients
of AFH a 10 percent discount over and above any discount coupons offered by the
pharmacy itself In addition, he put me in touch with a generic drug company which is now
donating vitamins and other generic drugs to the AFH Food Bank.
Lastly, he introduced me to Mr. Marty Payne, the store manager, and this resulted in a
sizable weekly donation to our food bank. In discussing this with our volunteer director, I
was informed that another Kroger store (on Braeswood) furnishes food trays for our AFH
I would like to commend the Kroger organization on behalf of the AIDS Foundation
Houston and our clients. I would also urge the gay community to express its gratitude both
verbally and with its patronage.
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