Once again, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) partnered with Dining Out For Life® to raise funds for the nonprofit AIDS service organization. The unique fundraiser focused on food, family, friends and the fight to end the AIDS epidemic. On Thursday, September 15, 2016, hundreds of diners at restaurants all over Orange County enjoyed a meal out on the town while contributing $18,998.83 to ASF, thanks to a pledge of 25 percent or more of total sales from each of the 13 generous establishments that participated. This year’s line-up of dedicated supporters included Anaheim Whitehouse, Durty Nelly’s, Maro Wood Grill, Pieology (Westminster), Plum’s Café, Port, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, Square One Pizza, Sundried Tomato (San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano), Velvet Lounge and Zinc Café (CDM and Laguna Beach).
This ingenious fundraising program, established in 1991, has become a nationwide sensation and invaluable source of support to organizations like ASF across the country. Devoted to alleviating the suffering of those affected by HIV/AIDS and committed to helping bring an end to the epidemic, the program invites everyone who participates to be part of something so powerful, but in an effortless way that celebrates life.
Every individual and each participating restaurant played an incredible role in the success of the event. The loyal and tireless group of ASF volunteers and staff members who orchestrated this successful charitable event that feeds—and heals—the soul pay a huge testament to the thriving foundation. Every penny raised through Dining Out For Life has been directed toward one of the many critical services ASF provides to men, women and children in Orange County who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, from case management and housing assistance to mental health services and transportation.
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) is a nonprofit AIDS service organization that has helped more than 8,000 people living with HIV disease in Orange County since 1985. ASF serves the local community impacted by HIV and AIDS by providing food, transportation, housing, emergency financial assistance, counseling, education and preventative services. You can learn more about the organization by visiting the ASF website.