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Dining Out for Life: Fight HIV/AIDS by Going Out for Dinner

April 26, 2011

On Thursday, April 28, you can enjoy a great meal while, at the same time, supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Dining Out for Life is an annual dining fundraising event that raises money for HIV/AIDS service organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The concept is simple: On April 28, you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at any of the more than 3,500 participating restaurants in 56 cities across North America. The restaurant then donates a portion of the proceeds to a particular HIV/AIDS organization in that area. (The portion donated varies by location. The local HIV/AIDS organization that receives the money signed up for the event by paying a $1,000 licensing fee.)

Last year, the event raised $4 million total. This year, the organizers aim to surpass that amount.

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The campaign's spokesperson, Ted Allen, host of Food Network's hit series Chopped, said he was eager to get involved. "It is more important than ever to keep HIV/AIDS on the front burner," he said. "Too many people think it's a minor problem solved by swallowing a few pills. It isn't."

Allen added, "Dining Out for Life is an easy and fun way to support a great cause. Gather a group of friends and have a good meal amongst others in your community that are there for the same reason. The generous contributions by participating restaurants go a long way to help AIDS service providers in a time of major funding cutbacks."

This is the 20-year anniversary of Dining Out for Life, which was started in 1991 by a volunteer for ActionAIDS in Philadelphia, Pa.

At a time when U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Program cutbacks keep growing and many HIV/AIDS assistance budgets are shrinking, why not help out and have a good time in the process? See if your city is participating and find a restaurant by visiting Dining Out for Life.

Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.


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