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Dining Out For Life logo, courtesy of Dining Out For Life International.

Reservation for 7,000, please, for WNCAP’s largest fundraiser!

You are cordially invited to join your friends, clients, family and co-workers on Thursday, April 28, 2011, for the 9th annual Dining Out For Life benefit to support the mission of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). This year’s event is well under way and we again look for your continued support. Our needs are greater than ever this year with a reduction in federal funding, and an increasing number of clients who need our help.

One hundred of the finest restaurants in WNC have generously agreed to donate 20 percent of their gross sales on April 28 to enable us to meet these challenges in a struggling economy. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three. And we remind you to visit our DOFL restaurants all year round and thank them for their kind support. Please check back often for an updated list of restaurants.

Thanks to all of our restaurants, sponsors and diners for making last year’s Dining Out For Life benefit another success story. More than $120,000 was raised to support the mission of WNCAP and thanks to our generous sponsors, only 6.2 percent of that total went to cover expenses.

Through the efforts of so many giving individuals and businesses, much needed AIDS awareness and education has been provided throughout WNC, while providing case-managed care to those whose lives have already been affected by HIV/AIDS. Our sincere thanks to them and to our 225 ambassadors/volunteers for their incredible efforts. We couldn’t have done it without you!

If you would like to be a part of this year’s benefit as an ambassador, please check the volunteer section of the menu. Volunteering has never been so much fun!

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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