Restaurants Needed to Fight HIV and AIDS

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It may be winter, but AIDS Project Rhode Island is thinking spring: namely, Thursday, April 30th when it’s the 11th annual Dining Out for Life.

That’s when many restaurants across the Rhode Island area will be donating a portion of their day’s receipts to fight HIV and AIDS.

“We have been fortunate to have restaurants in all corners of the state and nearby Massachusetts join us the last Thursday of April in raising money for AIDS Project Rhode Island,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island development director Julie Casimiro.  “We work to fill their restaurants, even introducing their establishment to new customers, so they have a great business day and end up sending a sizeable check to AIDS Project Rhode Island.”

Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount.  In 2014, 30 restaurants participated.  “We encourage our supporters, donors and friends to patronize our partner restaurants not just on the day of the event but all year long,” she said.  “We remember our friends!”

Rasoi in Pawtucket, and Blaze Eastside and Gracie’s in Providence were the first sign-ups this year, she said, coming on board in January.  “We’re hoping to sign up participating restaurants from last year and add a dozen more.  They could be in Woonsocket, Providence, Westerly, Newport, East Providence, Barrington, Seekonk, Cranston, Warwick—you name it!”

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org

For more than 30 years, AIDS Project Rhode Island has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.   AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.  More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.