You can make a difference in the HIV community just by dining out on Thursday, April 30 at a restaurant participating in Dining Out for Life (DOFL). Part of a national campaign, taking place in more than 60 urban areas, DOFL raises funds for agencies assisting those whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Broward House, an HIV/AIDS service organization with four services and 10 housing locations in South Florida, has served the community for more than 25 years and is the local organizer/beneficiary of the event. The agency provides social services such as; case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health therapy, intervention and prevention, as well as ensuring access to medical care. In addition it provides a broad spectrum of housing (assisted living, transitional housing and independent apartments) to families and individuals impacted by HIV. It serves every age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and education level – HIV/AIDS is everywhere and so is Broward House.
You can help support the work of Broward House by dining out at a participating restaurant (see list below) or go to www.diningoutforlife.com/BrowardCounty on Thursday, April 30. To volunteer or find out more about this event please call Mary Schuch at 954-522-4749 x 1202.
DOFL was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia and now more than 3,000 restaurants throughout North America participate. In exchange for financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic. All money raised in each host city, with the exception of an annual licensing fee of $1,150, remains with each local agency. Thanks to the more than $4 million raised from DOFL last year, licensed AIDS service organizations assisted more than 350,000 clients, delivered more than 1.8 million meals, provided housing for 8,097 clients, 5,572 patients received health insurance, 5,491 received pharmacy assistance and 1,948 patients were given dental aid.
As in previous years, Subaru of America is the corporate sponsor of the event. Over the years a number of celebrities have lent their support to DOFL, including Food Network host Ted Allen, actor Pam Grier, food celebrity Daisy Martinez and Project Runway’s Mondo Guerra, all of whom are doing so again this year.
Broward House is also hosting “Dinner Under the Stars”, its gala reception including; cocktails, dinner, silent auction and live music, on Tuesday, May 19 at S3. Tickets are $150 per person and are available at www.BrowardHouse.org.