Make your meal matter on Thursday, April 28, with Dining Out for Life.
Dining at select restaurants throughout Broward County on this day will benefit Broward House, a 28-year-old organization supporting and bringing awareness to the HIV and AIDS community in Broward County.
"We're really establishing a lot of great relationships with businesses," says Broward House's director of development, Rob Bullock. "HIV impacts the entire county, and we are pleased to have support from restaurateurs throughout Broward County."
Restaurants decide what percentage of the day's proceeds will go to the fundraiser, and which meals. For example, Wilton Creamery will donate 50 percent of the day's dessert sales to Dining Out for Life, while O-B House in Himmarshee Village will donate 25 percent of profits from breakfast, brunch, lunch and beverages.
Last year, with the help of participating restaurants and diners, Broward House raised $26,000 to benefit the local community through education, testing and assisted or independent living programs.
"Florida ranks No. 1 in new [HIV] infections … [so] a lot of what we're trying to do is make sure people are aware of how the disease is contracted," Bullock says.
Broward House also helps people who test postive find treatment, counseling and medical attention.
Dining Out for Life began in Philadelphia in 1991, and has since grown to nearly 60 cities across North America with about 3,000 restaurants participating nationwide.
The official Broward County afterparty will begin 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors. Hunters Nightclub will donate 100 percent of proceeds from drinks purchased off their classic cocktail menu. The average cost of a cocktail is $10, and includes drinks such as Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned and a grapefruit martini.
To see a complete list Broward County restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 28, click here.
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