Mojito Seattle & Nectar Hold Beautiful Benefit Show for ASC Ethiopia

What an amazing night Seattle! Hundreds turned out at Nectar Lounge ( to grant Mojito restaurant co-owner Luam Wersom’s birthday wish to support African Services Committee in what was a beautiful benefit show with proceeds going to our health clinics in Ethiopia.

We are so very grateful to Luam and to all the generous folks who rallied with him to help make it happen: Juan Carlos Ganz at Mojito, Nectar Lounge, Nate Bogopolsky, the many volunteers and of course all these great musicians: Blake Lewis, Bucket of Honey, Mother of Pearl, Project Lionheart, Richie Aldente and DJ Leopold Bloom!

The night might be over but it is not too late to support ASC’s Ethiopia programs, which improve the health and self-sufficiency of the most vulnerable populations in Ethiopia by offering access to comprehensive health, nutrition and social services. Simply go to to make a secure tax- deducible donation and designate your donation to the "Mojito - Nectar Benefit for ASC Ethiopia"

We are grateful for your support!

MOJITO was recently featured on the Food Network's "One Last Bite." Click here to learn why American Idol Blake Lewis' last meal would be Mojito's delicious steak parilla and tostones.    

African Services Committee provides health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to more than 12,500 newcomers each year in New York City with a focus on HIV/TB prevention, care and support. ASC has worked on the frontlines of the global AIDS epidemic since 2003; operating five clinics in five regions in Ethiopia, and through advocacy and policy work in the U.S. and abroad.

African Services Committee has saved and improved tens of thousands of lives in its more than ten years in Ethiopia. The organization provides free health services to the poorest of the poor in five regions of Ethiopia, in full partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. ASC focuses primarily on prevention education, testing, treatment, care and support for Ethiopia’s Most At-Risk Population. Since ASC began its work in Ethiopia in 2003, the organization has provided HIV testing and counseling to more than 160,000 people, and treatment or treatment referral to more than 14,000 people. These clinics are providing more than 20,000 children, women, and men with HIV and TB testing and treatment each year, nutrition for over 7,000, reproductive health for over 6,000, new shoes for nearly 17,000, and income-generating support for nearly 100 families. ASC’S clinics are a one-stop shop for families living with HIV/TB to get back on their feet, through their attention to needs for diagnosis, free treatment access, nutrition and reproductive health support, and school and income-generating subsidies.

The following is a detailed breakdown of how your donation can help:

$1,000 KIND GIFT provides nutritional support for an impoverished family of 5 in Ethiopia for one year, adding legumes, eggs, milk, millet, oil, and produce to the family diet.

$5,000 GENEROUS GIFT provides pediatric nutritional support for 25 children living with HIV or living in an HIV-headed household for one year in Ethiopia, consisting of staple nutritious foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, and supplemental therapeutic food packs.

$15,000 LEADERSHIP GIFT supports the facility operations of one ASC clinic in Ethiopia for one year, covering rent, maintenance, utilities, and basic supplies.

$20,000 MAGNANIMOUS GIFT supports the work of a physician to provide HIV and TB treatment and care at ASC’s Ethiopian clinics for one year.

$25,000 VISIONARY GIFT purchases 3 CD4 point of care laboratory devices for HIV patients in ASC’s clinics in Ethiopia. The CD4 point of care device is used to decide when to initiate anti-retroviral therapy. 

African Services Committee is proud to be a Better Business Bureau US Accredited Charity Seal Holder in New York. We take great pride in our transparency, responsibility and accountability to our donors and our clients, and we are proud to join this selective group. Read our full profile here. 

Please give wisely to African Services Committee’s Ethiopia health programs.

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