Dine Out. Give Back. End HIV.
Eighty-three local restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops participated in Dining Out for Life on April 25 donating 33% or more of their food, beverage, and liquor gross sales to support Desert AIDS Project. Setting a record this year, fifteen participants donated 50% or more. The local event, which raised $307,000, was part of the larger Dining Out for Life program which occurs on the last Thursday of April each year. In 2019, there were 49 Dining Out For Life events throughout North America. 2,459 restaurants participated, and with the support of 4,000 volunteers and 400,000 diners, more than $4 million was raised to support local HIV services.
Harold Matzner donated 100% of Spencer’s gross revenue in honor of his friend, Barbara Keller who championed the mission of DAP and for whom DAP’s main building will be renamed ‘The Barbara Keller LOVE Building’. Matzner’s restaurant was the top fundraising location in North America for the second year in a row joined by Lulu California Bistro and Trio Restaurant as the top three fundraising locations. Jointly, the three locations raised over $74,000
Locally, the event generates great community pride of place. Greater Palm Springs raised more funds than cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco. “This is a powerful story about the impact of generous restaurants and our local community.” Said Desert AIDS Project’s Chief Development Officer, Darrel Tucci who credits the generosity of Great Palm Springs business owners for raising a record amount this year for client services at Desert AIDS Project (DAP). “Palm Springs is the smallest participating market, but because of their commitment to DAP, we were second in overall fundraising again this year. No other market can boast the level of commitment shown in Greater Palm Springs.”
Beyond fundraising to support DAP’s clients and services, the event generates community awareness of HIV/AIDS and supports Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance health and well-being of its community. Desert AIDS Project provides compassionate care for 6,500 patients and clients. Desert AIDS Project’s goal and specialty is helping people achieve overall health. DAP is in the midst of a capital campaign, D.A.P. Vision 2020, which when fully funded, will enable it to double the number of patients and clients served. Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman explains why the expansion is so important. “There are 27,000 transgender individuals in our service area that need culturally competent care. 40,000 low income residents near DAP are still without healthcare and our neighbors facing a mental health crisis often wait weeks or months for an appointment. Treatment for addiction, is often out of reach and affordable housing is almost non-existent in Palm Springs. The future of DAP is humanitarian, moving individuals into care and onward toward a life of wellness.
Brinkman reflected on the impact of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs. “Few other events bring DAP closer to our tap root of community action. DAP was founded on unconditional love and guided by community members who defined and funded solutions to help those in need. I hope the community shares our great sense of pride in being home to the top three fundraising restaurants in North America for the third year in a row.” Over 10,000 residents ‘made one meal matter’ at participating locations throughout the day sporting their ‘I Dined’ badges of honor.
Sponsors of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs included Sysco Riverside, Nonstop Wellness, NBC Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, CV Independent, Standard Magazine, Gay Desert Guide. The date for Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs 2020 is Thursday, April 30.
Greater Palm Springs is making plans to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of more than 80 establishments participating in the 2020 Dining Out For Life event on Thursday, April 30, each participating restaurant will donate 33% or more of whatever is spent at their location that day supporting Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.
How does Dining Out For Life work? Participating restaurants donate 33% to 100% or more of the cost of your food and beverage tab. All you have to donate is your appetite. Participating in Dining Out For Life is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Make plans to dine out on Thursday, April 25, 2019 for breakfast, lunch, dinner or more.
Invite everyone you know to do the same. Reservations are highly encouraged.
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