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Dine Out For A Cause This Thursday in Washington, D.C.

There’s always a little bit of guilt that comes from going out to eat at a nice restaurant, when you know that the money spent on three courses could have gone to help someone less fortunate .

But this Thursday, throughout Washington, D.C., one organization will end that disparity, at least for a day, by bringing together two different acts: dining out and donating to charity.

Dining Out For Life partners with a number of local restaurants each year to raise money for local HIV/AIDS support centers. The organization began the tradition in 1991, enlisting restaurants in the Philadelphia area to participate in the fundraiser.

Since then, the organization and event have grown immensely. This year, over 3,000 restaurants across North America will join in the fight against HIV and AIDS. And the event every year is a tremendous success. Just last year, Dining Out For Life raised $3 million, with over a quarter million people leaving their homes and dining out to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.

The best part of Dining Out For Life is that all the money raised in the community stays there. The proceeds from the event in Washington, D.C. will go to a local HIV/AIDS support group.

In Washington, D.C., for the 16th consecutive year, diners will be raising money for Food and Friends. Food and Friends has been a Washington, D.C. establishment since 1988, founded by the Westminster Presbyterian Church, near the Southwest Waterfront. Their mission is to deliver meals to people suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. In the 20 years since they began, the organization has served over 15 million meals to over 20,000 individuals.

As one of the leading organizations in the area supporting people suffering through HIV/AIDS, you can be certain your money is going to a great cause.

So where can you eat out to help support this wonderful event?

The choices are as delicious as they are dedicated to the cause. If you are in Metro Center Thursday evening, and would like to taste some of the finest Italian food this area has to offer, you can do so especially guilt-free, as Ristorante Tosca is donating 100% of its proceeds on Thursday evening to Dining Out For Life.

If it isn’t fine Italian cooking you’re interested in eating, then what about a casual French bistro? Just north of Dupont Circle, Bistro du Coin, which serves some of this area’s finest Steak Frites and Moules Provençales, will be returning half of its register for the night to Dining Out For Life.

Other restaurants that are just as generous, and will be making the same 50% donation, are local stalwart Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle, as well as Little Fountain Café in Adams Morgan.

Of course, if dining out isn’t to your liking on Thursday night, you can still make a difference just by doing your typical grocery shopping. Four Whole Foods Market locations in the city—Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, P Street and Tenleytown—will all also be giving half the proceeds from all their sales Thursday to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.

But that’s just a small sampling of over 100 restaurants that will be joining in to help. To see a full list of some of the finer establishments in the area that are helping the fight, visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/washingtondc/restaurants

This Thursday night, make plans to visit an area restaurant –  because while you can always go out to eat, you can’t always go out to eat and support a wonderful charity at the same time.

– David


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