Each year on the third Thursday of April, thousands of Coastal Virginians go out to eat and help raise money to combat AIDS in their community at the same time.
Dining Out For Life, a nationwide event, is the largest fundraiser for ACCESS AIDS Care, Hampton Roads’ only AIDS Service Organization. The fundraiser depends on the participation of area restaurants which donate a portion of their proceeds that night.
Its success also depends on an army of ambassadors who volunteer their time to greet patrons at one of the participating restaurants.
“Volunteer ambassadors are the secret sauce that make Dining Out For Life a success,” said Andrew Roberts, ACCESS AIDS Care Marketing and Events manager. “All they have to do is invite their friends, family, clients and colleagues to join them at their assigned participating restaurant, thank diners that have generously donated their appetites and have a great evening.”
“We encourage our ambassadors to take a very low key approach, and we provide them with training and tools they need to be most effective.”
With over 60 area restaurants participating this year, Roberts notes that the need for volunteer ambassadors is especially pressing.