If you're planning to head out and dine around town on April 28th, why not participate in an annual event - "Dining Out for Life" - which is co-sponsored by Subaru?
Participating restaurants - over 3500 in number around the United States - are donating a generous percentage of each meal served on that day to an AIDS service organization.
Last year more than 250,000 participants helped raise nearly $4 million dollars!
In exchange for their financial support restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.
Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia in 1991.
Since then, dozens of high profile personalities have stepped up to promote the worthy cause.
For example, Ted Allen - the host of Food Network’s hit series "Chopped" - has been quite vocal about the project for good reason.
"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. Second, while supporting local restaurants, chefs, and restaurant workers, Dining Out for Life donations help those right in the same community. Finally, the event gives everybody a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the cause in such a simple way," he noted in a recent press release."
Although much about the disease has changed over the past 30 years, the fact remains that an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, nearly half without appropriate healthcare.
With one in five people not even realizing they are infected, it is estimated that 60,000 new HIV infections will occur in the U.S. this year, with the majority under age 29.
Now is the time for caring individuals to step up-to-bat!
“This country is trying desperately to recover from the recession, and the people who used to donate or volunteer at food banks and soup kitchens now are struggling to feed their own families. It is more important than ever for those of us who are able, to donate time and resources.”
See 'ya at one of the participating restaurants on the 28th of April, eh?