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GFU Organizers
Good Friends United, a social and business networking group that does online marketing and social media campaigns, kicks off its Start The New Year Off Giving Back campaign on January 1. The idea behind the campaign, say organizers Lydell Fleming and Michael Tostado, is to enable San Diego businesses to reach out and help others in the community. In this case, that something will be food for the homeless and needy.
Fleming, cofounder and promoter of Good Friends United, says his company provides social media marketing and promotion to businesses, but only those interested in not only their own profits, but also in giving back to the greater community.


“If a business isn’t giving back to the community in some way, shape or form, we’re more apt not to do business with them” says Fleming. “We have turned down clients that have no philanthropy component. From the get-go, that’s what our business plan has been. We want to serve clients that have the same mindset as we do.”


In keeping with that spirit, Good Friends United has teamed up with Rossi Pizza in San Marcos.On January 1, the restaurant will donate pizzas and breadsticks, which will be given out to any needy or homeless San Diegan who shows up. The giveaway will take place downtown (corner of 13th Avenue and K Street) from noon until 1 p.m.


Tostado, cofounder and director of social networking at Good Friends United, says the event is being promoted largely online through Facebook and other social media, including blogging. Ahead of the event, Fleming, Tostado and a team of others will go down into the area and hand out flyers to the homeless. The location is in the middle of a fairly dense population of homeless people, says Tostado, so participation is expected to be good.


The two men hope that this event is the start of a “giving back” event that will occur on the first of each month this year.


“We are hoping that it will expand beyond pizza, to different kinds of restaurants donating food once a month,” says Tostado. They are now seeking out other restaurants willing to participate.
Michelle Renee, a spokesperson for Good Friends United, says those businesses that give back to the community “are often the most successful ones.” Her public relations firm, Common Unity, operates with the same mission as Good Friends United—representing clients that believe in philanthropy and organizing events aimed at raising awareness or funds for a specific need within the community.
“Even within an organization, if you are giving back to your employees, for example, you see increased loyalty and pride,” says Renee. “It brings your business to another level, creates a sense of unity within the business and with the greater community.”


Tostado and Fleming hope to add support for breast cancer and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research to the list of causes their company will support, and they are working with Renee to organize an event to benefit Children’s Hospital—the Rock To Stop Violence concert on May 19 at House of Blues downtown. The event is aimed at raising funds to assist women and girls who have suffered violence and abuse.


For more information read the whole story on:
San Diego Business

http://www.sandiego.com/business/free-pizza-for-the-homeless


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GFU and RTS ( Rock To Stop Violence ) are at it again!!!
This time with Oingo Boingo’s best tribute band Dead Man’s Party. What you get….. Early VIP entrance to the Belly Up for a private GFU pre party, the chance to purchase your tix to the RTS event in May at the House Of Blues, VIP seating in the Tower once the general public is aloud to enter the venue, drink specials all night long and a chance to hang out with your fellow GFU members.

~Lydell

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