ACCESS AIDS Care/LGBT Center of Hampton Roads will once again join 60 other AIDS Service Organizations in the United States and Canada on April 27 for the 14th annual Dining Out For Life fundraising event.
Approximately 75 Hampton Roads restaurants are expected to take part by donating at least 25% of their food and beverage sales to support those living with HIV and AIDS in Hampton Roads.
Said Andrew Roberts, ACCESS AIDS Care’s Marketing and Events Manager, “Restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life can expect to be busier than usual as a result of our intense, city-wide marketing campaign.”
Individuals can participate by dining out at a participating restaurant on April 27 or volunteering as a Dining Out For Life Ambassador. Ambassadors are assigned a participating restaurant and encouraged to invite friends and family to join them for dinner.
The first Dining Out for Life event was held in Philadelphia in 1991 based on a concept created by a single volunteer. Today, 3,000 restaurants raise roughly $4 million for local AIDS services organizations.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection.
In Hampton Roads, more than 8,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS. All funds donated from Dining Out for Life stay in Hampton Roads and help fund programs and health care for those affected.
For more information, visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/hr.