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TODAY: San Diegans to dine out in support of The Center's HIV/AIDS services

SAN DIEGO -- More than 100 restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses are participating in Dining Out For Life, an annual fundraiser in support the San Diego LGBT Community Center's HIV/AIDS services.

Participating venues pledge to donate at least 25% of the day's sales to the cause, making it very easy for diners to participate - all they have to do is show up and dine out!

On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council, at the request Council President Todd Gloria, proclaimed Thursday, April 25, 2013 as “Dining Out for Life® San Diego Day” in the City of San Diego. Citing Dining Out for Life® San Diego as “a major community event” and commending the event because it “raises HIV awareness, helps lessen the stigma associated with the illness and encourages people to get tested for HIV,” the City Council unanimously approved the proclamation.

The full list of participating Dining Out For Life San Diego venues is HERE. Those who wish to support the fundraiser simply need to head to favorite venue(s) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and cocktails, and a percentage of their check will be donated. Additionally, donation boxes will be set-up at each venue for those who wish to give more.

Several community leaders and groups have made plans to dine out. Here are some of their choices:

- The UC San Diego Health System Government and Community Affairs team will be having lunch Burger Lounge – Hillcrest;

- The Center board member Dale Kelly Bankhead is having lunch at Adams Avenue Grill and dinner at 100 Wines;

- The staff of Jewish Family Services and friends will be dining out at URBN Coal Fired Pizza & Bar;

- San Diego Democrats for Equality will dine out after their meeting at Lil B’s;

- The Center board member Sid Voorakkara will enjoy breakfast at The Mission in North Park;

- Nicholas Moede and Ryan Bedrosian will be having dinner at The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge;

- The Center’s Behavioral Services Team will be sharing lunch together at Great Maple;

- Front Runners and Walkers San Diego are heading out to Pita Jungle for dinner;

- State Sen. Marty Block is having dinner at Uptown Tavern;

- The Center board member Eric Banks will be enjoying breakfast at The Mission in North Park. He’ll head to Wang’s North Park for dinner and then cap off the night with cocktails at Redwing Bar & Grill;

- The Environmental Health Coalition will be sharing lunch together at Barrio Star;

- The Center board member Tom Hebrank is having dinner at D Bar San Diego;

- Rick Cervantes, San Diego Pride board member, will have breakfast at Snooze, a midday coffee at Bread & Cie, lunch at Gossip Grill and dinner at one of the other Mo's Universe locations;

- Empress Candi Samples and Princess Royale Jada Reign will be graciously serving as Dining Out for Life® Ambassadors at Baja Betty’s;

- The Center board member Linda Cory Allen will be at Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro for dinner;

- The Center board co-chair Andrea Villa and her friends at Qualcomm will be at Wang’s North Park for dinner;

- Benny Cartwright, executive director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus (and SDGLN Staff Writer) will have breakfast with friends at The Mission in North Park, lunch at Crest Cafe, and dinner, cupcakes and cocktails with fellow members of San Diego Remembers at Babycakes;

- Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, The Center’s chief executive officer, will be at Adams Avenue Grill for lunch. Then she and her wife, Dr. Heather Berberet, will be off to 100 Wines for dinner with a who’s who of San Diego, including state Sen. Toni Atkins and Jennifer LeSar, City Council President Todd Gloria, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Denise Neleson, County Commissioner Dave Roberts and Wally Oliver, City Commissioner Robert Gleason and Marc Matys, City Commissioner Bob Nelson, Kevin Tilden and Philip Diamond, Don and Wendy Telford, Dale Kelly Bankhead and Faye Wilson.

"In a short time, Dining Out for Life has become a true community event in San Diego," said Ian Johnson, The Center’s Dining Out for Life coordinator. "This is a win-win-win for San Diego – diners have a great time knowing they are making a difference, the restaurants benefit from increased traffic and ultimately, we raise much-needed funds for HIV services and programs."

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