Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dining Out For Life: The Whitney Version

Hello.Hey, Bloggy Friends. My friend Casey is so in the know. While reading his blog yesterday I discovered an event that was taking place here in Philadelphia tonight. It is called Dining Out For Life.

Dining Out For Life is a fundraiser that asks area restaurants to participate in a charitable cause by donating a certain percentage of it's earnings to an HIV/AIDS foundation. Throughout the year you will find that the event takes place in about 40 different cities across the nation. Tonight (May 1) it happened here in Philadelphia, where the organization began 20 years ago. There are over 200 participating restaurants throughout the Delaware Valley, who all donate a third of their proceeds to people living with HIV and the fight against AIDS. According to the the Metro, Philadelphia raised over $277,000 for the cause last year! That's pretty big, considering it only takes place one night a year. Proudly, Philadelphia is one of the countries biggest earners, but Nashville is showing very impressive numbers since it's start only last year. Go Nashville!

You can check the WEBSITE to see when it is happening in your area. It's a great way to give if you have ever been interested in seeking out a good charity to provide to. When searching the website we noticed that there was only one participating restaurant in Manayunk - but it just so happened to be one of our favorites! Adobe Cafe is a Mexican fusion restaurant that has a fantastic vegetarian menu. They use meat substitutes like tofu and seitan in fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and etc. We ordered just about as much as we could handle - appetizers, entrees, drinks and all! It's a great night to eat all you want and not feel guilty about it - because it's all done for a good cause. Our friend Kevin stopped by for a few drinks, and we had lots of fun. I know there have been amazing advancements in the treatment of HIV, but hopefully little things like this can lead to the eventual termination of it's existence on the planet! Get out there and dine, Bloggy Friends!! Check the website to see when it's coming to a town near you!

Thanks, Mimi, for the heads up. You made a difference tonight, Gurl! I love you.

Have a great night, Bloggy Friends. Below are a few pictures we took of our evening's festivities!

Love, Josh


6 comments:

Edro Edro said...

That's what I love about you, babe: your BIG... heart! =)

TrainingtoTri said...

How nice! I can't check the link from work, but will check and see if C-land is on there! Heading to KY this weekend, I'll give lancaster a shout out from you. Holla!

Casey said...

So glad you had a chance to participate!

It is always a fun night... and FYI... this has been an annual event in most cities for several years... not just last year... details, gurl!

Anyway, thanks for spreading the word about this fun way to donate to charity while eating out at one your favorite places.

Kevin said...

This is a very good cause, and I would like to encourage people to also consider supporting the AIDS service organization in Guam called the GUAHAN Project (http://www.guahanproject.org/index.php). With very limited funds, the GUAHAN Project provides HIV prevention and care services to impoverished people who live in the U.S. affiliated Pacific region--American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam--which suffers enormous health disparities due in part to limited Federal assistance, and in part due to the post-colonial era annual per capita income: for example, it is only $2,900 in the Marshall Islands, and $2,300 in the Federated States of Micronesia. For comparison, the U.S. annual per capita income is $46,000. This organization and the fragile societies of incredibly unique, indigenous people it serves really need support.

Bill Fogle said...

Excellent! I'll check out what's up for DC. I think we did this one other year. Not sure tho ...

rick said...

Louisville dines out on Dec 3 each year, just after World AIDS Day, Dec 1. I try to participate every year. I won't miss this year though!

Dec 3! Gosh, Whit! That's YOUR BIRTHDAY!!