Thousands of diners in the Washington metro region make a stand by sitting down during Food & Friends’ 16th Annual Dining Out or Life Presented by Walmart
April 30, 2012 – Washington, DC – On Thursday, April 26th, diners filled the dining rooms, bars and patios at nearly 130 restaurants all across the Washington metro region to raise funds during the 16th annual Dining Out for Life. Each participating restaurant pledged to contribute 25% to 110% of Thursday’s proceeds to benefit Food & Friends’ clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the National Capital Region.
“On behalf of everyone at Food & Friends and the thousands of individuals we provide meals for each and every day, thank you for Dining Out for Life,” says Craig Shniderman, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “It was so heartening to see the countless diners and volunteers out enjoying themselves at our partner restaurants on Thursday night, knowing that with each dollar spent, we would be able to make a real impact on the lives of people in our community who really need our services.”
In addition to the pledged donations from the restaurant partners, including four eateries that earmarked their entire evening’s earnings – Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House (100%), Posto (100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%) – diners added another $65,000 in envelopes collected onsite as well as online through the Food & Friends website. If you missed Dining Out for Life, you can still help by donating online at www.foodandfriends.org/dol. Gifts of $40 or more will be matched by our Presenting Sponsor, Walmart, and all gifts will earn you a chance to win a $1,000 US Airways Gift Card.
Food & Friends is the only organization in the Washington Metropolitan area providing home-delivered meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses free of charge. Since 1988, Food & Friends has provided more than 15 million life-sustaining meals to more than 21,000 individuals. Our service area encompasses 5,300 square miles including the District of Columbia and 14 counties in Maryland and Virginia. For more information about Food & Friends, please visit www.foodandfriends.org.
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