Dining Out For Life
On April 28, 2011 many local restaurants in our area will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to fight the growing epidemic of AIDS on the First Coast. The 2011 Dining Out For Life event will benefit Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN), a non-profit organization that serves the city’s more than 1,500 HIV and AIDS patients.
“The city of Jacksonville is ranked fifth in the state for the number of AIDS cases. Jacksonville’s documented cases have increased over the past year, while funding continues to decrease,” said Donna Fuchs, executive director at NFAN. “With the struggling economy, our community’s support is needed more than ever-especially at a time when many people believe the HIV crisis is no longer a crisis. Dining Out for Life provides needed support to Northeast Florida AIDS Network, allowing the agency to continue to serve more than 1,500 families each year.”
Dining Out For Life is an annual nationwide fund raising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. Dining Out For Life was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. The event now occurs in more than 55 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 3,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Nearly $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,000, all money raised in these cities stays there. For more information, visit www.diningoutforlife.com. This is Northeast Florida AIDS Network’s sixth year holding the Dining Out for Life event in Jacksonville.
The Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN) is a 501C(3) charitable organization that was founded in 1989 as a regional organization responsible for coordinating HIV/AIDS services in northeast Florida. Today, NFAN is a community-based service agency with the sole purpose of providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy services and programs to those living in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. John’s and Nassau counties. As an experienced AIDS agency, NFAN also serves as a partner in key statewide and national advocacy coalitions. For more information, call (904) 356-1612 or visit www.nfanjax.org.
Participating restaurants will have ambassadors to explain the event to patrons and give them the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for $20.00. The raffle prize will be two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a $400 Visa gift card. Patrons entering the raffle will automatically receive a “20% Tuesday card” that will take off 20% of the bill when you eat at one of the four participating restaurants on a Tuesday.
Secret Garden – Crab Cake Benedict
A complete list of participating restaurants:
Espeto Brazilian Steakhouse – donating 50%
Secret Garden Cafe – donating 35%
North Beach Bistro – 20% Tuesday
Matthew’s Restaurant – 20% Tuesday
Pizza Palace on the Park
Pizza Palace Baymeadows
The Sandwich Company 20% Tuesday
Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill – 20% Tuesday
Carmine’s Pie House
Restaurant Orsay – Florida Strawberry Shortcake
To find out more about participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life event, go to the Dining Out for Life website for more information about the event and the cause.
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“dining out” logo courtesy dining out for life.
strawberry shortcake courtesy Restaurant Orsay
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