It somehow seems appropriate that the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is china, as Vancouver’s Dining Out For Life celebrates two decades of raising funds for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The annual fundraiser will see 150+ restaurants from Whistler to Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland donating 25% of their food sales on March 25, 2014 to Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful, two local organizations who are at the forefront of providing services to those living with HIV/AIDS. For these organizations this annual fundraiser is their lifeblood.
“Dining Out For Life is one of our two signature events each year,” says Sheena Sargeant, Executive Director for Friends For Life. “These events bring in over 60% of our funding and with less than 20% of funding coming from government it is very important to us.”
While signing up 150+ restaurants to participate is no easy task, Sargeant says it speaks to our city’s fascination with food.
“It’s not only BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, but it for Vancouver in particular we are a foodie town,” says Sargeant. “We love our restaurants and our restaurants love us. This is a great way for the whole community to come together to celebrate food while doing some good.”
China may be the traditional gift, but in the modern world it is platinum that rules after twenty years and with it comes this year’s Platinum Tables, a unique opportunity for groups large and small to host a table in honour of someone who has died from or is living with HIV/AIDS. Tables of 20 or more guests will also receive a set of limited edition 20th Anniversary Dining Out For Life wine glasses.
Dining Out For Life takes place in Vancouver on March 25, 2014. Visit http://diningoutforlife.ca for more information.