THANK YOU! We didn’t know what to expect this year as we made Dining Out For Life a fully virtual event, and we are very appreciative of the generosity of donors and sponsors who contributed more than $50,000 to be used for our vital HIV programs and services.
In response to COVID-19, Action Wellness made the difficult decision to move its annual fundraising event, Dining Out For Life, to an entirely virtual event taking place on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Because of the toll the pandemic has taken on our local businesses, we did not ask for our restaurant partners to donate towards Dining Out For Life this year. Instead, we encouraged participants to support the restaurants who have always supported us by ordering takeout and delivery from our list of restaurant partners, or dining out safely where allowed by local healthy guidelines.
DOFL volunteer ambassadors and Action Wellness staff and friends utilized online peer to peer fundraising to encourage their social network to donate to the cause.
In 1991, a volunteer stepped up to address the AIDS epidemic in Philadelphia. In turn, local restaurants stepped in to help and Dining Out For Life became a yearly event. Since then, this event has raised millions of dollars for those living with HIV in the Philadelphia community. Dining Out For Life was founded to address an epidemic and Action Wellness rose to the challenge. And Action Wellness rose to the challenge again this year!
We are so incredibly thankful for the support we receive for Dining Out for Life each year from our restaurant partners. Due to the hardship the restaurant industry is currently facing, we are not asking them to make any donation to us for 2021. So while these restaurants will not be donating to Action Wellness this year, we encourage you to support them during these challenging times:
- Order take out/delivery food from restaurants that are offering this option..
- Dine outdoors where possible.
- Purchase a gift card.
- Donate to an online “tip jar.”
Want to get more involved? There are many ways you can help!
- Be a DOFL Virtual Ambassador: Sign up here to help us raise funds online!
- Donate online: Click here to donate to Action Wellness.
- Donate by phone: 215.981.3367
- Donate by mail: Mail a check, made out to Action Wellness, to 1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107.
- Follow us on social media: Share our posts and information, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Important changes to charitable donation deductions — For 2020, taxpayers who do not itemize deductions are allowed to take a $300 deduction from their adjusted gross income for donations to charity. For those taxpayers who do itemize, the 60% limit on contributions compared to their adjusted gross income is lifted to 100%. Please consult a financial professional for any questions about your ability to deduct charitable contributions
Dining Out For Life Philadelphia/Delaware Valley benefits three area HIV/AIDS service organizations: