Dine Out with Food and Friends Next Thursday

Last year's participants at Logan Tavern.

Washington, DC (April 20, 2012) – On Thursday, April 26th, diners across the Washington metro region will join hundreds of thousands of others from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life fundraiser. For the first time, Food & Friends will be holding their annual Dining Out for Life event in conjunction with the national movement, joining more than 3,500 restaurants in 60 cities to raise millions of dollars for local AIDS service organizations.

Now in its 16th year in Washington, DC, Food & Friends enlists the benevolence of area eateries – from Hyattsville to Shirlington, from Dupont Circle to Georgetown – in support of more than 2,800 people in our community who benefit from the organization’s nutrition services. Nearly 130 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 110% of that day’s proceeds to directly benefit Food & Friends’ programs and clients in the National Capital Region.

“Funds raised by big events during the year, like Dining Out for Life, make it possible for us to serve thousands each day living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS, cancer and other debilitating illnesses,” says Food & Friends’ Executive Director Craig Shniderman. “We’re excited to join thousands of others this year to make a huge impact on the lives of so many in need in our community and across the country simply by going out to lunch or dinner on April 26th.”

Once again this year, Queen Force One, an enthusiastic troupe of Drag Queens, will be visiting different restaurants throughout the evening.

“The Dining Out for Life event gives everybody a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the cause in such a simple way,” says Dining Out for Life national spokesman, Ted Allen. “While supporting local restaurants, chefs, and restaurant workers, Dining Out for Life donations help those right in the same community. It’s more important than ever to keep HIV/AIDS on the front burner. Too many people think it’s a minor problem solved by swallowing a few pills. It isn’t.”

Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteer ambassadors participated in Dining Out for Life, raising more than $240,000. In 2012, Food & Friends is thrilled to have nearly 130 restaurants on board, including those that are donating their entire evening’s proceeds to Food & Friends – Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House (100%), Posto (100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%). Also new this year, all four Whole Foods stores in the District have pledged 50% of their proceeds from their salad and hot food bars, so even those dining in that day will be able to Dine Out. Please visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol for a complete listing of participating restaurants.

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