Mark Your Calendar for Dining Out for Life 2019
Participating restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops in Greater Palm Springs raised $280,000 last year. Top three fundraising restaurants in North America are all in Palm Springs.
Dining Out for Life is a national campaign held each year on the last Thursday in April throughout the United States and Canada to raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations. Generous participating restaurants in the Greater Palm Springs committed to contributing 33% or more of their food, beverage, and liquor gross sales to support Desert AIDS Project. “In 2018, there were 45 Dining Out For Life events throughout North America. More than 3,000 restaurants participated, and with the support of 4,000 volunteers and 400,000 diners, more than $4 million was raised to support local HIV services.” said David Newcomb, President, Dining Out for Life International Board of Directors.
Leading the way in fundraising last year were Spencer’s Restaurant, Lulu California Bistro and Trio as the top three fundraising restaurants in all of North America. Together, they raised a combined total of $61,679.
Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs 2019 is Thursday, April 25
Seventy-five local restaurants and bars participated in Dining Out for Life Greater Palms last year raising $280,000 ($50,000 more than the year before) for client services at Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) Residents were asked to ‘Make Three Meals Matter’ at participating locations throughout the day and over 10,000 residents responded, raising enough funds to place Greater Palm Springs second in overall fundraising in North America. “You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone wearing a ‘badge of honor’ – The I Dined stickers given to diners at participating locations.” said Darrell Tucci, D.A.P. Chief Development Officer.
2019 DINING OUT FOR LIFE FACT SHEET
“Only Denver, who had three times more participating restaurants, raised more funds last year” said Tucci who attended the North American Dining Out for Life Conference where results were announced. “To be the smallest market in population driving the second largest results is absolutely extraordinary and something we should all be proud of. Other markets have more participating restaurants, but no other market can boast the level of commitment shown by restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.”
Desert AIDS Project CEO David Brinkman explains the local impact of Dining Out for Life: Desert AIDS Project provides care for almost 5,000 patients and clients. “At D.A.P., our goal and our specialty is helping people achieve overall health. And, thanks to our history, our team, our status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a community in action, we have the ability to help more people who need it with the help of business leaders who choose to participate in Dining Out For Life. Our FQHC status has led to a dramatic increase in patients in our care that has severely strained the existing facilities. We recently launched our capital campaign, D.A.P. Vision 2020, which when fully funded, will enable us to double the number of patients and clients we serve. You can read more about Desert AIDS Projects bold vision for the future of healthcare in our Valley at dapvision2020.org
DINING OUT FOR LIFE WEBSITE
About Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services. D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide free HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future. D.A.P. has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth consecutive year – landing D.A.P. in the top 6% of nonprofits rated. The distinction recognizes that we exceed industry standards in terms of our financial health, accountability, and transparency. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, andwww.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.