Each year since 1991, Dining Out For Life has asked restaurants all over the United States and Canada to consider setting aside one day to consider how the food they craft could be harnessed to create an impact for good in our communities.
More than 60 cities band have banded together this year to celebrate the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. In turn, by dining out at any one of the participating restaurants, communities hope to raise more than $4 million dollars in a single day to benefit local organizations serving the needs of the HIV/AIDS community.
In West Michigan, more than 25 local restaurants
are participating, which could not happen without the generous support of volunteers, national corporate sponsors and area restaurants that have posted the percentage of the tab they will be donating to the organization.
And while Dining Out for Life is an organization with national reach, apart from a small participation fee, each city, including our local beneficiary Grand Rapids Red Project, retains a very healthy portion of the proceeds to support their operation here in the greater Grand Rapids region.
The story of Dining Out For Life is a humble one that began when a volunteer at ActionAIDS created the first event in the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia.)
Admission: It is what you want to spend … so order an appetizer and a desert with pride.