Actress Pam Grier to attend Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru® on April 27

Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru Spokeperson Pam Grier will help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS issues on April 27, 2017.


Actress Pam Grier will participate in the 27th Annual Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru. The delicious fundraiser, that’s expected to raise more than $4 million to help fund essential HIV/AIDS services, will be held on April 27, 2017, when over 3,000 restaurants in 62 cities across North America will donate a generous portion of the day’s proceeds to their local HIV/AIDS Service organizations.

Subaru is a proud, decade-long Host Sponsor of Dining Out For Life, with nearly $40 Million raised to support HIV/AIDS services throughout the life of this partnership.

“As part of the Subaru Love Promise philanthropic platform, we remain committed to supporting the causes our drivers care most about, including joining the fight to overcome an HIV/AIDS epidemic that affects many in our local communities and millions around the world,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing, Subaru of America Inc.

Pam Grier, one of the organization’s four national spokespeople, will attend the event in Charleston, South Carolina to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.

“Dining Out For Life is all about the community spirit of dining together with family and friends for a great cause,” said Pam Grier, actress. “It’s an easy, fun way to support those in need, while enjoying food and meaningful conversation.”

Grier will also deliver Subaru Loves to Care packages containing a blanket, travel mug, red-ribbon shaped cookies and note of inspiration to clients and volunteers of the Ryan White Wellness Center, recognized nationally for providing quality care and innovative wellness programs for people living with HIV. The center is affiliated with the Roper St. Francis Healthcare system in South Carolina, a region which claims the highest number of heterosexual HIV transmission cases in the U.S. and ranks eighth overall for new infections annually.

“It couldn’t be easier to give back.  Grab breakfast on the way to work, have lunch with your coworkers, or meet a group of friends for dinner,” said Kim Butler, director of the Ryan White Wellness Center. “The restaurant does all the work and makes a donation on your behalf.”

2017 marks Grier’s seventh consecutive year as a Dining Out For Life spokesperson. Grier was the first African-American woman to headline action films, playing bold, powerful women in Coffy, Sheba Baby, Friday Foster, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown and The L Word. Most recently, Grier appeared in Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC and penned the best-selling memoir Foxy: My Life In Three Acts.

Dining Out For Life’s other spokespeople include Ted Allen, author and host of Food Network’s Chopped, Chef Daisy Martinez, star of Food Network’s Viva Daisy!, and designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars, who will join The Aliveness Project in Minneapolis, MN on April 27th for Dining Out For Life.


More than 3,000 restaurants in 62 cities across North America participate in Dining Out For Life.

WHEN: Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in most cities. Please note that some cities have alternate dates.

WHERE: Albany, Anchorage, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham/Mobile, Boston, Broward County, Fla., Buffalo, Central New York/Syracuse/Utica, Charleston, Chattanooga, Columbia, Denver/Boulder, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Collins/Northern Colorado, Grand Junction/Western Colorado,  Houston, Indianapolis, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo/Southwest Michigan, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul/Greater Minneapolis, Nashville, New Haven, New Jersey, New Orleans, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Orlando, Orange County, Palm Springs, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, Phoenix/Prescott, Portland, Ore., Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Sonoma County, St. Louis, Tacoma/Olympia, Tampa Bay, Tulsa, Vancouver/Whistler, and Washington, D.C.

MORE INFO: Visit and follow on Twitter: @DineOut4Life   #DiningOutForLife


Pam Grier Talks Dining Out For Life, Red Velvet Pancakes and Empathy


“When you have the privilege of dining out, whether it’s at a greasy spoon or at a five-star white tablecloth restaurant, you are nourishing yourself both physically and spiritually.”  Read more of Pam Grier’s chat with Mecca Bos-Williams, blogger for ‘Hot Dish’ in Minneapolis.

A Bold New Plan Could Keep More HIV/AIDS Patients in Treatment

Dining Out For Life AIDS service organization Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS a cutting-edge facility in downtown Phoenix, offers clients everything from child care and an on-site pharmacy to counseling and wellness programs—and even perks such as massages and acupuncture. It’s a full range of services aimed at keeping patients on track. “When people are diagnosed, it can be scary and life-changing,” says Ken Gabel, the center’s board chair. “You might get a diagnosis at a testing center, and then you are basically handed a flier.”  Read more.


For ActionAIDS, Compassion is the Cure

ActionAIDS was founded in 1986 on a simple principle: “No one should face AIDS alone.” It was a reflection of a time when people were abandoned after contracting the virus and left with little support. “Back then there was nothing,” Michael Byrne, the group’s director of development, says. “People were shunned—even by their families. Funeral homes wouldn’t accept bodies”… (Read more)




Can HIV Be Stopped in San Diego Within 10 Years?

Thanks to innovative treatment programs and powerful medication cocktails, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But the San Diego LGBT Community Center wants to stop the transmission of the disease altogether. Its goal? To help stop new transmissions of HIV in the city by 2024—and if its current progress is any measure, that might just happen.

Last year, the organization launched a major social media campaign, #BeTheGeneration, to fight the fear, stigma, and shame that can dissuade people from being tested or seeking treatment….Read moreUrbanMosstaffmemberEricaFlores2_0

Rocking Recipe: Foxy Red Velvet Pancakes

Dining Out For Life spokesperson Pam Grier is not just a sassy, talented film star and magnanimous supporter for AIDS awareness, LGBT and environmental rights. She’s also a fantastic chef too.

“I come from a family of cooks. My mom comes from a long line of skillet-throwing women, that’s where I got my grandpa’s fried chicken recipe, the one I taught Federico Fellini how to make,” she says (The Denver Post, 2013).  One of her specialities includes rich, satisfying Red Velvet Pancakes. Whip up some of these Foxy Red Velvet Pancakes on your next lazy weekend morning:


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How Hotline Grew into Formidable Force in the Fight Against AIDS.

Did you know that Dining Out For Life service organization San Francisco AIDS Foundation started the first HIV/AIDS hotline in the United States? interviewed Josie Larimer and others who are heavily involved in this incredible organization, which provided more than 15,000 free HIV and STI tests in 2013. Read more.


Supporter of the Week: Kate Davidson

Each week, we will highlight a magnanimous Subaru driver who assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in their community. 

Kate Davidson, Volunteer/Communications Manager at House of Ruth in Louisville, KY

How long have you been a Subaru owner? I’ve been a proud owner of a Subaru Forester since December 2001. My Mom also owns a new Outback, which is her second Subaru and my brother used to drive an Outback too.

How do you help those affected by HIV/AIDS in your community? I am a Volunteer/Communications Manager at House of Ruth, a nonprofit organization that strengthens the lives of those with or affected by HIV/AIDS. My time is spent engaging community members in our mission and managing our print and online communications.

How do you use your Subaru vehicle to help? I use my Forester for work 5+ days a week, not only for basic transportation, but also for hauling materials for House of Ruth events like the Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk, the Kentuckiana Pride Parade and Dining Out For Life. Because my Forester holds much more than a sedan, I use it whenever we need to move items like Dining Out For Life materials, donations for our Clothes Closet…and volunteers, too!

Are you a Subaru driver and Dining Out For Life advocate? Have you used your Subaru to distribute Dining Out For Life flyers, pick up friends for dinner on the big night or in some other creative way? Send your story and photos to

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VIDEO: Mondo Guerra’s new Subaru design raises awareness for Dining Out For Life

Behind every design is an artist with inspiration. Designer Mondo Guerra‘s new Love Responsibly design for Subaru of America is heavily influenced by a passion for HIV/AIDS advocacy and Dining Out For Life. Check out the day of the reveal, which aired on Pivot TV:

Bisexuality and Health Care Disparities

ActionAIDS, Philadelphia’s Dining Out For Life ASO, posted an  article about Bisexuality and Health Care Disparities from guest blogger Lillian Klasen, a 2014 summer intern from Temple University’s Department of Public Health in the ActionAIDS Prevention Department. Lillian is now working as a Benefits Outreach Specialist, screening and applying for seniors’ benefits at Benefits Data Trust:

The challenges and health disparities that face the LGBT community won’t come as a surprise to ActionAIDS employees – or in general to readers of this blog. However, it is worth noting that data and research confirm the heightened risk for a range of negative health and social outcomes that bisexual-identifying individuals face when compared to their gay and lesbian peers.

According to a 2013 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bisexual women are at the highest risk for sexual violence: “a staggering 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner,” while 35 percent of heterosexual women and 43 percent of lesbian women reported this type of violence. Further, Healthy People 2020 notes that bisexual women are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to have difficulty obtaining medical care, experience higher rates of breast cancer and heart disease, and report a lower quality of life. Bisexual men are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than gay men and thus face challenges in gaining access to needed health care.

Finally, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has noted that “many, if not most, bisexual people do not come out to their health care providers or to researchers due to judgments that silence, stereotypes that shame, and assumptions that erase bisexual identity.” Similarly, a keyconclusion of the Ontario Public Health Association is that those who identify as bisexual are less likely to come out to their healthcare provider than their gay or lesbian peers. As such, importantly, there are missed opportunities to talk about a client/patient’s sexual behavior and discuss options for reducing their risk for HIV and STIs.

One way to create a more inclusive environment is to ensure that providers understand some of the misconceptions that surround bisexuality and result in biphobia and bi-invisibility. Some of these errors include:

  • Only considering a person’s sexual orientation based on their current partner’s gender
  • Believing bisexuality is just a phase or that people who identify as bisexual are confused
  • People who identify as bisexual are promiscuous or do not want to have monogamous relationship

Finally, some people just dismiss bisexuality entirely, believing that a person who comes out as bisexual will inevitably come out as “fully gay.”

While more research focused specifically on the health care issues facing bisexual individuals is needed, the data we do have is quite compelling and should give greater urgency for strategies ensure that we take appropriate steps to prevent and treat HIV in this population. Given its individualized, comprehensive approach to care, ActionAIDS is well positioned to support this population and reduce the burden of HIV among its bisexual clients by ensuring an inclusive environment for people to discuss their sexual behaviors. Hopefully, we can inspire others to do the same.

–Lillian Klasen


ActionAIDS is Dining Out For Life’s first AIDS service organization and will be celebrating 25 years of this event on April 30, 2015. For more info, visit: