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)

 

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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? TakePart.com 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.

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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 laura@15minutesinc.com.

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World AIDS Day Reveal Mondo Guerra 2015 Subaru Legacy

 

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On World AIDS Day, Subaru Of America, Inc., in collaboration with HIV-positive designer Mondo Guerra revealed a one-of-a-kind wrapped 2015 Legacy as part of its Love Responsiblytm campaign to commemorate the auto manufacturer’s 20th year of support in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The vehicle debuted at a private reception at The Annex, a pop-up space in the Wynwood Miami Design District on December 1, World AIDS Day and the start of Art Basel Miami.

Love Responsibly is a social action campaign that encourages people from all walks of life to participate in Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru®, an annual fundraiser that benefits AIDS Service Organizations in 60 cities throughout North America. Since Subaru teamed-up with Dining Out For Life, over $30 million has been raised in the crucial fight against HIV/AIDS. “The purpose of the Love Responsibly initiative is two-fold: To expand our association with Dining Out For Life into a year-round initiative that encourages people, including Subaru retailers, to volunteer their time or other resources locally, and to encourage discussion within all communities about what more can be done to help in the fight against AIDS,” reported Tim Tagye, Promotions and Sponsorship Manager, Subaru of America. “To launch this on World AIDS Day, while highlighting the talents and advocacy work of Mondo Guerra is a demonstration of social responsibility that we at Subaru are proud of.”

Guerra’s innovative style and bold designs have captured the fashion world’s imagination, while his work in HIV/AIDS advocacy has helped cultivate an important conversation about the epidemic. Mondo revealed his HIV-positive status on Project Runway season eight, after he created the challenge-winning print “Positivity” that was inspired by his own experience. “I’m extremely honored to contribute to the Love Responsibly campaign because it’s centered on corporate, social and individual responsibility”, said Guerra. “I‘m inspired by the story-telling, it’s empowering and heartfelt, and to tell that story through a creative expression that becomes the exterior of an automobile – well that’s like creating the ultimate street art”.

What you can do: Take part in World AIDS Day and other events like Dining Out For Life. Learn the facts about HIV/AIDS, get tested and engage in conversation – #loveresponsibly.

About Dining Out For Life

Dining Out For Life began in Philadelphia in 1991 and has since grown into an international event held in 60+ cities across North America – raising an average $4.25 million annually. The idea behind the single-day event is simple and effective: Dine Out, Fight AIDS. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of the day’s food sales, which goes to local organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDs services. For more information, visit www.diningoutforlife.com. For updates, follow Dining Out For Life on Twitter: @DineOut4Life.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. 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 media.subaru.com.

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Media Contact: “15 Minutes” Inc. Laura Weber laura@15minutesinc.com

Palm Springs Achieves Record-Breaking Year

Dining Out For Life in Palm Springs, California was hot, hot, hot! The event, which raises funds for Desert AIDS Project, marked a year of success, with more than $175,000 raised, surpassing both last year’s total and the ASO’s goal for this year.

“A big, BIG thanks to all of those restaurants and other businesses that got behind promoting their participation in Dining Out For Life in such a significant way, whether through social media, word-of-mouth or by including us in their regular advertising,” said Darrell Tucci, D.A.P.’s Chief Development Officer.

HIV activist and designer Mondo Guerra and representatives from Subaru of America were among the many participants of the Palm Springs event, dining at Jose Garces’ Tinto Restaurant.

Read the full article here.

 

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Subaru Thanks You!

With your help, Dining Out For Life® raises more than $4 Million each year for HIV/AIDS services. As a special thank you for your continued support, our Proud Host Sponsor Subaru of America invites you to participate in this special, limited offer (June 15,2014 – Dec. 31, 2014):

Subaru VIP Offer

Subaru® Dealers Support Dining Out for Life®!

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Pictured: Jay Dewey from ARCS, Peter Maher from Mid-Hudson Subaru, and Charles North from the Dutchess Co. Regional Chamber of Commerce.

AIDS-Related Community Service (ARCS), the Dining Out for Life® AIDS service organization in Hawthorne, New York, held their Dining Out for Life® kick-off party on April 9, 2013 at the Poughkeepsie Ice House on the Hudson, in conjunction with Mid-Hudson Subaru and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber held an official ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the successful partnership between Hudson Valley Community Services and local businesses.

Mid-Hudson Subaru brought a highly coveted 2014 Forester model to the restaurant and gave away diversity badges for current Subaru owners. The Poughkeepsie Ice House provided an array of complimentary appetizers and live musicians. Over 80 guests attended, including other sponsors and participating restaurant owners, and the event was featured on our local newscast the following evening.

Is your local Subaru dealer is a Dining Out for Life® SUPERSTAR? Email  laura@15minutesinc.com

 

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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.

Tell “Why You Dine Out” (in 60 seconds or less)

Win a trip for two to a city participating in Dining Out for Life International hosted by Subaru®

Dining Out for Life International hosted by Subaru® invites supporters to express why they participate in this annual event, which brings compassionate people, foodies, and restaurants together to raise much-needed funds for AIDS organizations. The international event will be held on April 26, 2012.  On average, $4 Million is raised on just one day of dining, thanks to generous donations from over 3,500 participating restaurants in 60 cities across North America.

It does not matter whether you:

  • Dine Out with family or friends to remember someone you have lost.
  • Dine Out to support someone you know who has been infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Dine Out because you love food and want to support this great cause.

Dining Out for Life® wants to hear your story!  The person submitting the winning entry will receive a three-day, two-night trip for two to any participating city in the continental United States. Prize includes round-trip airfare, some meals and hotel accommodations.

It’s simple to participate: Use your phone, video or iPad cam, record a short video telling us why you Dine Out and support the fight against HIV/AIDS. If 2012 will be the first time you plan to participate, let us know why you think it’s a good idea. To enter and upload your video visit Dining Out For Life Contest on Facebook.  Deadline to enter is midnight on April 8, 2012. A panel will select the finalists and the public will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite from midnight of April 11, 2012 to April 22, 2012. The Dining Out for Life agency in the city with the most entries will also receive a cash prize.

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

To keep up with the latest event updates and HIV/AIDS news, like us on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter.

About Dining Out For Life International:

Dining Out for Life 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 by Subaru of AmericaOpen Table and Cellit, as well as many other regional sponsors and media partners and supported by thousands of volunteers. More than 3,500 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. And unlike many fundraisers, all money raised in each city stays in each city. 


 

 

 

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

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

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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.

To keep up with the latest event updates and HIV/AIDS news, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DineOut4Life