Recap: End Endo FUNdraiser 2019

Sister Donatella Soul and Saint Birthday Suit pose together at an Endometriosis Fundraiser at a bar

Each year, a few gals get together and take over Shooter’s Cocktails, a local bar, to raise money for the Endometriosis Foundation of America. And this year was no different.

On January 27, 2019, Tanya Linda (aka Saint Birthday Suit), Sister Donatella Soul, and the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence came together and raised almost $400 through general donations, drink sales, and online donations! A local band, the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas, also rocked the house and donated CDs to the cause.

Donatella and Tanya, who both have Endometriosis, agreed to share with us why they do what they do…

Tell us why you choose to raise money for Endometriosis awareness and research.

Tanya:
It is all I can do so I give it my all.

Donatella:
Tanya chooses to organize this fundraiser for her birthday every year with the help and support of The San Diego Sisters. It is important for Tanya as she manages living with endo. Five of the members of our Sister House in SD have endo, so it us important for us to support awareness and research and provide outreach to those in the community looking for understanding and a little joy. The venue we use, Shooters Cocktails, allowed our use for this fundraiser as one of the owner’s relatives has endo.

Can you tell us more about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

Donatella:
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence started Easter weekend, 1979, in San Francisco. The Mission is to promulgate joy and expiate stigmatic guilt. The Sisters were the first group to recognize, inform about, and fundraise for HIV/AIDS. The Order has spread and Houses and Missions may be found worldwide.

Tanya:
My favorite activists in SD. Bawdy, Funny, Informed, Helpful and without Shame!

This year a little something special occurred. The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence granted Tanya a Sainthood! What’s that?

Donatella:
Personally, I have wanted Tanya to be sainted for some time for her support and promotion of The Sisters. Being able to include her efforts in endo awareness and fundraising was a Joy. I think it is an important inclusion as it means representation for those in our community managing endometriosis. A Saint of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a member of the community who supports the work of the Sisters. In Tanya’s case, her endo outreach has enabled The Sisters in our outreach and fundraising efforts for endo. A Saint is a member of The Sisters who does not have voting privileges. They are community members who support the work, but do not have a calling to be a Sister or Guard.

Tanya:
I am honored to help our Sisters help those in need in our community.

I know that Tanya serves special Endo-themed drinks every year at the FUNdraiser. What’s up with that?

Tanya:
Warning! Bawdy and we make no apologies for that!

Donatella:
LOL, Tanya and I wanted to create drinks that brought some joy, that the women could have a chuckle at. Also, the names make an impression on the men so in a humorous way we can get some points across about pain and discomfort. It is fun to hear the men get into it and yell, “I’ll have another Heavy Flow!”

Note from Bloomin’ Uterus: a portion of the proceeds from each of these drinks were donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The drinks included: Heavy Flow (a bloody mary), Moist Vagina (a delicious shot), and Yeast Induction (a beer & a shot).

Anything else you’d like to share?

Tanya:
Derek French is an acupuncturist here in Mission Valley (San Diego, CA area) who has been treating my early stages of Endo with herbs and weekly acupuncture for over a year and my painful periods are now a whisper of what they were. Derek has treated Endo patients in more advanced stages with great results his number is (619) 993-9297.

Donatella:
I have found the End Endo event to be a wonderful way to let those suffering have an afternoon of fun and camaraderie with others who understand. It has worked to bring out women who have just been diagnosed, but do not know where to turn for information.

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I cannot thank Tanya, Donatella, or the Sisters enough for doing this year after year. And Shooters for housing the fundraiser! AND a huge shout-out to the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas who were absolutely incredible (and will be joining us for our March walk)! Annnd than you Richard for the photographs and video!

If you missed the FUNdraiser this year, don’t fret: they’ll do it again NEXT YEAR!!! Thank you, Sisters! ❤ It’s always a blast and it’s for such a phenomenal cause.

All of these photos were taken by Richard T. Reyes (Saint Angel con Cuernos) and used with his express permission:

EndoWhat? A Free Screening

Flyer for EndoWhat screening in San Diego on March 16, 2019

Do you have Endometriosis or know someone who does?  Or maybe you think you may it?  

Join us for a free screening of the EndoWhat documentary in San Diego, followed by a Q&A panel hosted by Dr. Sally  Rafie of The Pharmacists Clinic, Sister Donatella Soul of the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Lisa Howard of Bloomin’ Uterus.

Come to meet other EndoWarriors, like yourself.  Bring your friends and family and educate them about our illness.  Empower yourself and educate others.  Together we can do great things!

Seating is limited to 250 people, so please reserve your tickets today.  

Tickets available at EventBrite.

March 16, 2019; the screening will begin at 1:00p.m. UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences; HSEC Auditorium; 9500 Gilman Drive; La Jolla, CA 92093. There will be free parking on the campus.

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Endometriosis or “endo” is the most common, devastating disease that most people have never heard of. It affects 1 in 10 girls and women. That’s approximately 176,000,000 people on the planet.

Despite its prevalence, women see an average of 8 doctors for 10 years before diagnosis. During that time, many are forced to miss school, leave careers they love, abandon dreams of having children and watch their personal relationships suffer. They’re often told incorrectly by doctors that pregnancy & hysterectomy are cures and that pain is normal or in their heads. After diagnosis, they’re usually prescribed an array of drugs & undergo multiple, ineffective surgeries.

It’s time to break that cycle. It’s time for a new normal that doesn’t mean multiple doctors, drugs, surgeries, misdiagnoses and years of pain. The only film of its kind, Endo What? gives an accurate, up-to-date base of knowledge straight from the experts.

It’s a film to educate & put power where it belongs – in the hands of girls & women.

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Where: UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; HSEC Auditorium; 9500 Gilman Drive; La Jolla, CA 92093. Follow the stairs outside the building down to the lower level.

Exterior of building of Skaggs School of Pharmacy at UCSD campus

Parking: There will be free parking available at the parking structure in the blue-highlighted area:

Map of where to park for screening at UCSD campus

I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Dr. Sally Rafie and Sister Donatella Soul for all of their hard work in helping me bring this event to the San Diego community.

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We hope that you can join us!

The San Diego Sisters were at it again!

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Some of you may have been around last year when we blogged about the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence‘s Endometriosis fundraiser (you can read about it here).  Well, they did it AGAIN!

Shooters Cocktails, The Sisters, Tanya Linda, and the band Strangley Strange got together on January 28, 2017, for some birthday fun, music, drinks, and FUNDRAISING for the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  And this year they raised $115.75 for the E.F.A.!

Sister Donatella Soul let me know many of the patrons of the bar, including men, donated to the cause – having family members of their own that have suffered with Endometriosis. Even the members of the punk band Strangley Strange donated out of their own pockets!  Thank you EVERYONE!

If you’d like to see all of the photographs from that evening, please click here.  Thank you Richard Reyes for allowing me to post your photographs. ❤  Thanks to Sister Donatella Soul, and all of the Sisters with the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, for going out there, spreading the word, and raising funds.  And thank youuuu (and happy belated birthday!) to Tanya Linda for opening up her heart toward the cause and making her birthday event a fundraiser event! ❤

You guys are all awesome!

Love you!

Recap : End Endo Fundraiser!

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On February 27, 2016, The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hosted an Endometriosis awareness fundraiser at Shooters Cocktails in Spring Valley, CA.  It was a 5-hour event at the local bar, hosting specialty cocktails and live music by The Scavengers.

Ms. Tanya Linda was the Bartender of Honor and she served up specialty drinks with flair!  For every drink sold, $1 would be donated to the fundraiser.  The Sisters also placed out donation buckets along the bar – available for anyone to drop a dollar or two into.  The specialty drinks were: The Moist Vagina (a shot), Heavy Flow (a bloody mary), and Yeast Induction (a beer with a shot).

But, after speaking with Sister Donatella Soul, I learned her two favorite highlights of the evening:

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  1.  Two young women came into the bar.  Donatella’s beau, Richard, was talking to them and learned one of them suffered from Endometriosis.  That she had never been to any type of Endo event and her best friend saw the event and encouraged her to come…so they did!  Richard introduced them to Donatella, and the three gals talked long after the event had ended.  Such a supportive group!  And just getting one more EndoSister to realize she’s got that support was what the night truly was all about.

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  1. Three men sat down at the bar, clueless as to what they had walked into.  They were told about Endometriosis, what it does, and the efforts of the fundraiser…as well as the three specialty drinks.  And these three gentlemen pitched right in!  They ordered 4-5 rounds of Moist Vaginas, enjoyed the music, and the good company.  Thanks guys!

The Scavengers played music from 2pm-4pm, rocking the afternoon away and the Sisters and attendees danced and danced and danced.  Good times had by all!

All in all, they raised $111 for the Endometriosis Foundation of America!  The check was mailed off to the EFA a few days later!  Thank you, Sisters, for helping raise awareness of Endometriosis, educate some folks about our disease, and bring the community together in such a wonderful and fun way!

Looking forward to future events!  Keep ’em coming.  And thank you so much for putting this on!!!

Yours,

Lisa

All photographs by Richard T. Reyes and used with permission

Endometriosis Fundraiser : San Diego!

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On Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 1pm – 6pm, The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be hosting a fundraiser at Shooters Cocktails in Spring Valley!  Tanya Linda will be preparing special Endometriosis-themed cocktails for sale.  All profits will be donated to our Walk’s fundraiser, which are then given to the Endometriosis Foundation of America! And…admission is free! No cover charge!!!  You can RSVP on their Facebook event page here.

It’s a fantastic testament to a community coming together over our cause.  Several Sisters either have Endometriosis, or know of someone who does, and are willing to put this event together for us!

Live music, drinks, dancing, and great company.  If you can make it, wear yellow!  Come help out a great cause!

The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are very active in our area reaching out to the educate the community on safer sex practices, health services that are available,  LGBTQ support, helping the homeless, aiding the sick, suicide prevention, and so many other things.  And I’m so pleased they’ve offered to help raise awareness and funds for Endometriosis research. ❤

A huge thank you to our local EndoSister, and Sister, so very near and dear to me, Donatella Soul.  Thank you for helping put this all together.  You are a beacon of joy and a true inspiration.  You have been through so much with this illness, and I am so grateful for having met you and Richard.  I loves you both, you know.

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Sister Donatella Soul