Last Thursday night, diners across the region headed out to their favorite restaurants for the 25th anniversary of Dining Out for Life (DOFL). ActionAIDS‘s annual event raises funds for local HIV charities by asking participating restaurants to donate 33 percent of that night’s ticket sales to the cause. As of publish date, ActionAIDS hadn’t had a chance to tally all the money raised this year, but a rep from the organization tells me that by all accounts, restaurants across the city were packed, and the event should be on track to meet or beat its yearly average of $250,000 for the region.
Dining Out for Life celebrity spokespeople chef Daisy Martinez and designer Mondo Guerra.
Mayor Nutter, ActionAIDS executive director Kevin Burns, ActIon AIDS's Michael Byrne and Mondo Guerra.
Guests with William Way Executive Director Chris Bartlett (second from left) and AIDS Law Project Executive Director Ronda Goldfein (far right).
Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney with Daisy Martinez and Mondo Guerra
Out City Council candidate Paul Steinke with AIDS Law Project's Ronda Goldfein and mayoral candidate Seth Williams.
Mondo Guerra and out City Council candidate Sherrie Cohen.
Outgoing PHS president Drew Becher gabs with Jeff Guaracino (right), and PHS's Lisa Stephano (left).
Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal (in the yellow tie) hosted his customary table full of politicos and his husband Jason (in the purple tie).
ActionAIDS Executive Director Kevin Burns going over notes with Mayor Nutter before their remarks.
Mayor Nutter helped ActionAIDS kick off the evening with formal proclamation
Vernalicious food truck operator Verna Swerdlow won DOFL’s first-ever Hero Award, which recognizes an ActionAIDS volunteer for amazing service. It was Swerdlow's idea to add the food truck round-up three years ago, and she has organized all three events since then.
Mondo Guerra, Daisy Martinez, Swerdlow, Burns and a rep from Subaru.
A New Jersey woman is channeling Flo Rida in a new parody video in which she raps about why you should take part in tonight’s Dining Out for Life event.
Jade Gasper altered the words to Flo Rida’s “G.D.F.R (Goin’ Down For Real),” spitting rhymes like “Ordered just one app? You should have ordered five! / Get a few entrees but leave lots of room for pie.”
Check out the video above, and see her in person tonight a Villari’s Lakeside Restaurant & Bar in South Jersey, where she’ll be bopping from table to table asking for donations—and making sure you order dessert.
G Philly and I were honored to be included in an event hosted by ActionAIDS yesterday, where community leaders gathered to read aloud 5,000 names of local people (and a few celebrities like Rock Hudson and Liberace), who lost their lives to AIDS. Among those speaking were ActionAIDS Executive Director Kevin Burns, ACLU of PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford, William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett. and WXPN host DJ Robert Drake.
A group of about 30 spectators showed up to listen to the touching tribute, despite the fact that it fell on a day winter just so happened to return to Philly. (It was so cold!) We toughed it out though, and I feel comfortable speaking for everyone else when I say we’re damn glad we did. Check out photos from the event below:
William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett
ActionAIDS Executive Director Kevin Burns
ACLU of PA Executive Director Reggie Shuford
AIDS Fund Executive Director Robb Reichard
Mr. Queer Philadelphia David Alexander Jenkins
WXPN host DJ Robert Drake
Mazzoni Center Chief Operating Officer Ron Powers
Yours truly, G Philly editor Josh Middleton
The event took place exactly a week from ActionAIDS annual fundraiser Dining Out for Life. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, now’s the time. Check out the full list of restaurants here, and be sure to stop by the Gayborhood, along Locust between 13th and Broad streets, from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th for the DOFL Food Truck roundup.
Vernalicious will be among the food trucks parked at 13th and Locust for Dining Out for Life on April 30th.
For the second year in a row Dining Out for Life organizers will host a food truck round up in the Gayborhood, at 13th and Locust streets. The lunchtime event will take place from 11 am to 2:30 pm on April 30th, giving you an opportunity to dine out for life at lunch anddinner.
ActionAIDS‘s 25th annual Dining Out for Life (DOFL) takes place in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley on April 30th, with nearly 200 restaurants and food trucks in the region taking part. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On that evening participating restaurants will donate 33 percent of every check to a variety of regional HIV/AIDS service organizations, including ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. DOFL is one of my favorite ways to donate, because it’s such an easy, fun, and delicious way to give to a worthy cause.
Like last year, DOFL will be closing off a block at a yet-to-be-announced location to host a lunchtime food festival of sorts with the participating food trucks. Stay tuned for more information on that.
You can find the complete list of local restaurants participating below, divided into neighborhood/region. Look for your favorite spot, and fire up OpenTable to make reservations. Tables fill up fast.
If you’re looking for a good excuse to treat yourself to a nice dinner, make your reservations for Thursday, April 30th. Dining Out for Life is back once again for their 25 year anniversary.
On that night, over 200 restaurants and food trucks will donate 33 percent of their food sales to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event, which is sponsored by ActionAids, raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars each year. The funds support prevention, education, testing and counseling, along with other services across the region.
The long list of restaurants includes places like Amis, Bing Bing Dim Sum and Tria. Make your reservations early, because spots tend to fill up fast.
If you’re looking to grab a quick lunch while making a difference, check out Cow and the Curd, Foo Truck and Mac Mart, along with other food trucks around the city.
Dining Out for Life, the fundraiser for HIV/AIDS related research that is easy as eating out has arrived. Dine out at a participating restaurant and that restaurant will donate 33% of all proceeds to AIDS related charities.
Even if you haven’t made reservations yet, you can make a difference over your lunch hour. Head to 13th and Locust for lunch and dine at one of the twelve-or-so food trucks that will be set up in the area.
And if you’re looking to snare a last second table, check out these restaurants that still have reservations for tonight’s big night out.
Our annual series, “Dine Out for My Life,” features a different local who has been affected by HIV/AIDS. It’s been leading up to tonight’s Dining Out for Life (DOFL) event throughout the Philly region. .
My name is … Jim King
What is your Philly connection?
I grew up in Wilmington, Del., and lived there until my late-’20s . I lived in Delaware County for about 25 years, and then two years ago I finally moved to 19th and Christian streets. I always wanted to live in Philly so I’m glad I made the move.
What do you do for work?
I worked as a union electrician in Delaware, but retired in 2009.
How has HIV/AIDS affected your life?
In a few ways: In the early-’80s I was using drugs intravenously and having lots of anonymous sex when I first heard of HIV/AIDS. I tried to educate myself on the virus and get the facts and not the myths. Over the years I lost some friends and family to HIV/AIDS.
The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is …
There are a lot of people who really care about people living with HIV/AIDS.
Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations?
I personally will be at Frankford Hall the night of DOFL.
ActionAIDSDining Out for Life ambassadors open up about how HIV/AIDS has affected their lives, and why you should dine out for life on April 24th. Today: Alayna Sands.
My name is … Alayna Sands
What’s your Philly connection? I grew up in Tucson, Ariz.; however both my parents are from Philadelphia. I moved to Philly about seven years ago, after attending school in Pittsburgh, and it has been home ever since.
What do you do for work? I work in Human Resources.
The biggest thing I have learned from my experience with HIV/AIDS is … It has motivated me to be compassionate. You may have HIV/AIDS and consequently endure some additional struggles. Yet you can still choose to live your life with dignity — and there are supportive communities out there who will help you.
Any Dining Out for Life restaurant recommendations? The Gold Standard. They have good food and a great staff that will take care of you. There’s also Garces Trading Company. I love everything about that place.
In three words, describe the perfect dining out experience … Family, friends, food!
Screen legend Pam Grier is taking on a new role this spring — as a spokesperson for ActionAIDS‘ annual Dining Out for Life event, which takes place in Philadelphia on April 24th. She called me this week from her home in Colorado to chat about why she decided to team up with DOFL, what it was like working on The L Word, and a new project helmed by Philly Fresh Prince of Bel-Air creator Bennie Richburg.