In the four years since Gottlieb and McCabe started Selma, it has raised "a couple of hundred thousand dollars" (income and expenses are clearly detailed on its website, selmacafe.org.). But Selma has until now been piggybacking on Food System Economic Partnership, a regional nonprofit that supports local Ag, and Gottlieb wanted to be freer to choose her projects. Gottlieb and McCabe separated last August, and she now runs Selma on her own.
She'll still be partnering with FSEP and other nonprofits for the once-a-month happy hour--March 13 this month--which requires a temporary liquor license and insurance. "It will be a typical happy hour like you'd find in a restaurant or bar," she says. "We'll sell drink tickets, and have artisanal drinks, Michigan beer and wine, and a nonalcoholic option."
On March 17, she'll also repeat the "Kripalu yoga and local foods lunch," she had in February (Gottlieb, a social worker for Washtenaw County, is also a certified Kripalu instructor). She says at the moment the proceeds from the yoga lunches and the happy hours are funding the legal work needed to secure Selma's nonprofit status.
[Originally published in March, 2013.]