Seventy-five local restaurants and bars participated in Dining Out for Life Coachella Valley on April 26, raising $280,000 ($50,000 more than last year) for client services at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Residents were asked to ‘Make Three Meals Matter’ at participating locations throughout the day and over 10,000 Coachella Valley residents responded, raising enough funds to place Greater Palm Springs second in overall fundraising in North America. “You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone wearing a ‘badge of honor’ – The I Dined stickers given to diners at participating locations.” said Darrell Tucci, D.A.P. Chief Development Officer.
Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. The concept is simple: Restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners. Participating is even easier: locate a Dining Out For Life event in a city near you, find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on that city’s event date: Dine Out to End HIV.
Each year, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partner with 2,400+ participating restaurants, 4,100+ volunteers, and 300,000+ diners to raise over $4.5 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. Best part? All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
You can participate too! Find out if your city participates in Dining Out For Life by clicking on the interactive map on the homepage.
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