Be A Hometown Hero: Dine Out And Fight AIDS On Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Thursday, April 26, you can help those affected by HIV/AIDS in your citysimply by dining out at a favorite restaurant. The annual Dining Out for Life® hosted by Subaru® is a unique way to bring people together over food to support this worthy cause. Over 3,000 restaurants will donate a generous percentage of the day’s receipts to a local AIDS service organization. An expected $4 million will be raised in just one day of dining.

“Dining Out for Life is such a winner for everyone. All we have to do is exactly what we do many other nights of the week – go to a restaurant when we’re hungry. The cost isn’t any higher and it even gives you an excuse for that extra glass of wine or saying, ‘yes’ to dessert. You just have to eat at a participating restaurant on a specific day, and the money stays in your city, “ said Chopped host and event spokesperson Ted Allen in an interview with St. Louis’ FEAST Magazine.

According to Dining Out for Life President Stacie Walls-Beegle: “We have made significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, however, there is much to be done. Support for people living with HIV/AIDS and the prevention of new infections is necessary to move forward.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20 percent, as many as 240,000 of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, do not even know they are infected and may unknowingly pass the disease on to others. New HIV diagnoses are rising at alarming rates among youth ages 15 through 24.

Cities holding Dining Out for Life on April 26th include: Albany, Asheville, Birmingham, Cambridge/Boston, Charleston, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Chicago, Columbia, Denver/Boulder, Detroit, Fairbanks, Ft. Walton Beach/Pensacola/Destin, Grand Rapids, Hampton Roads/Norfolk, Hudson Valley, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Kamloops, Kansas City, Lake Charles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Haven, Northern Colorado, Northern Nevada, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Prescott, Portland (ME), Portland(OR), Portsmouth, Providence, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Tacoma/Olympia, Trenton(NJ), Tulsa, and Washington, DC.  View participating restaurants and make a reservation at diningoutforlife.com.

About Dining Out For Life International: Dining Out for Life (diningoutforlife.com) was first held in Philadelphia 22 years ago and is now held in 60 cities across North America. The vast majority of Dining Out for Life events are held on the last Thursday in April. The event is sponsored internationally by Subaru of America, Open Table and Cellit, as well as many other regional sponsors and media partners and supported by thousands of volunteers. Dining Out for Life celebrity spokespeople are Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped, actor Pam Grier, and Daisy Martinez, ¡Viva Daisy! host and cookbook author. More than 3,000 restaurants donate a generous portion of their proceeds from this special day of dining to the licensed HIV/AIDS organization in their city.  Nearly $4 million dollars is raised annually to support the missions of AIDS advocacy agencies throughout North America. All money raised in each city stays in each city.  Over 40,000 total people follow Dining Out for Life on Facebook and on Twitter.

About Subaru of America, Inc.: Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States.  Subaru boasts the most fuel efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards.  All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

Lights…Camera…Action to Fight AIDS: Stars Create New Public Service Announcement

Mark Your Calendar for Dining Out For Life Hosted by Subaru®

April 26, 2012

Actress Pam Grier and Food Networks’ Ted Allen and Daisy Martinez joined together to show their support for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia recently. The trio star in a new public service announcement for Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru®, an annual fundraiser bringing foodies and restaurants together to help AIDS organizations across the country with one incredible day of dining out on April 26th. ShootersINC came to the table with production lead by Director Kris Magyarits and Executive Producer Cris Andrei. Matthew Burres served up editorial fare. View the 2012 Dining Out For Life PSA here.

“Sixty cities, over four million dollars raised in a single day, “ says Ted Allen, who has rallied for the cause for five years running. “Every time I say that, I get goose bumps.” Emmy Award-winning Allen is the host of Food Network’s Chopped and came to fame on Bravo’s groundbreaking hit series Queer Eye For the Straight Guy. A food maven, Allen has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine since 1997. He volunteers his time to several charities. 2012 marks his fifth year as a spokesperson for Dining Out For Life hosted by Subaru®.

Pam Grier gained international fame in the 1970s, starring in movies such as Coffy and Foxy Brown. In 1997, she was the inspiration and title character in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. On TV, she starred on Showtimes’ The L Word and makes frequent guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU and Smallville. In 2010, she wrote her memoir, “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts,” which became a New York Times Bestseller. 2012 marks Grier’s third year of support for Dining Out For Life®.

“I support Dining Out for Life and I really think everyone should support it, “ says Daisy Martinez whose newest show on Food Network, Viva! Daisy, celebrates life and family through food. She demonstrates her vast knowledge of Latin cuisine as a regular columnist for Every Day with Rachael Ray and Selecciones magazines. This is her first year as a Dining Out For Life spokesperson.

Dining Out For Life International is sponsored by Subaru of America, Open Table and Cellit, as well as many other regional sponsors and media partners. More than 3,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service organization in their city. Nearly $4 million dollars is raised annually to support the missions of AIDS advocacy agencies throughout North America. And unlike many fundraisers, all money raised in each city stays there.

To find restaurants near you participating in Dining Out for Life, please visit diningoutforlife.com. The site will continue to be updated through March.

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