Dining Out for Life

You know that saying, “well at least you’ve got your health?”  I have never lived in a world where some or all of the people I care most about have had their health, per se.  AIDS has been a part of my world since my late teens, and a part of my life for the last 21 years.  For me, health is a relative term.

Every year, usually on the fourth Thursday in April, restaurants across the United States participate in Dining Out for Life, an event in the US which sees them donate 33-110% of the days gross sales of food and beverages to local HIV/AIDS service organizations reaching 1 out of every 10 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country.

Dining Out For Life

Last year, funds raised by Dining Out for Life provided life-saving services to more than 125,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the US, to an additional 270,000 people impacted by HIV/AIDS or at-risk of contracting HIV, provided care coordination or case management to more than 50,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, more than 100,000 HIV testing and counseling sessions, provided more than 2,000,000 nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, and helped more than 10,000 people living with HIV/AIDS find and maintain safe, stable housing.

As a resident of Palm Springs, I’m thrilled that locally Dining Out for Life raised $230,000 from 70 local restaurants last year, and that Palm Springs ranked third in overall fundraising among the 52 participating cities across the United States – raising more funds than cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and Phoenix — in fact, in 2017, the top three fundraising restaurants in North America were all in Palm Springs!

This Thursday, April 26, 2018, dine out and fight AIDS.  Click here to find a participating restaurant in the United States near you.

DINE OUT, FIGHT AIDS

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