Dining Out For Life is back. That means you can eat to your heart’s content and finally feel good about it. Just make sure you visit one of the participating restaurants Thursday, April 27.
It’s simple; Just dine at one of the 3,000 participating restaurants in more than 50 cities across North America and that restaurant will donate a generous portion of the day's proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services in their city.
Locally, 2017 marks the fifth consecutive year that Broward House will be the local host/beneficiary organization of the Dining Out For Life fundraiser event. Broward House is Broward County’s longest-serving and largest HIV/AIDS service organization, and routinely had over 8,000 contacts with individuals through their prevention/education, testing, case management, assisted and independent living programs and their counseling and substance abuse treatment programs in 2016 alone.
Rob Bullock, Director of Development at the Broward House, explained how funds raised through Dining Out For Life impact Broward House, and what his organization is most looking forward to during this year’s event.
“What we are excited about is having restaurants in a bit wider geographic area this year for folks to choose from.” Bullock said. “We have participating locations from Pompano Beach to Oakland Park, in Wilton Manors and in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The great thing about Dining Out For Life is that the only thing people have to do is show up and eat, the restaurants do the rest since they are donating a portion of every check that day.”
In 2016 Dining Out For Life raised a lot of dough – more than $26,000 to be exact.
“The money we raise from this event is so important to use because it is unrestricted support. It helps us cover those things that of our grants do not. Recently we had a fire in one of the apartment buildings that we own and clients who qualify financially live in. The insurance deductible for the damage is something we can cover out of these funds,” Bullock said.
Another example Bullock gave was that their industrial washer and dryer they use at their Assisted Living Facility gave out after 18 years. The new machines will cost us $17,000.
“We estimate that we did about 92,000 loads of laundry for clients who were staying in the ALF while they were getting their health back and on the road to self-sufficiency, Bullock said. “Grant dollars will not pay for that kind of expense but dollars from an event like Dining Out For Life can.”
According to Bullock, it’s not too late for restaurants to hop on the fundraising event that is sure to increase their traffic on the events day. Restaurants have until about two weeks before the event to sign-up and lock in their donation rates.
In a press release, Broward House President and CEO Stacy Hyde states, “We invite everyone to go out and eat at one of our generous restaurant partners on April 27th and support our mission to provide care and prevent HIV. We currently have 21 committed and invite more restaurant to participate”
Guests looking for a complete list of restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out For Life can visit the Broward page on the Dining Out For Life website.
Most of the restaurants are donating 25 percent on that day, but Alibi’s and Wilton Creamery stepped it up a notch and have committed to 50 percent. Each restaurant has restrictions so it’s important to check out the website. For instance, Alibi’s is only participating from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wilton Manors Restaurants:
Bona Italian Restaurant
Cucina Caruso Italian Market & Pizza
Hunters Fort Lauderdale
Mind Your Manors
Naked Grape Wine Bar and Tapas
Rosie's Bar and Grill
Tropics Piano Bar and Restaurant
Visit DiningOutForLife.com for a complete list of restaurants.