DON’T MISS: Dining Out For Life to Benefit AIDS Project RI
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Dining Out for Life concept is simple: eat at a participating restaurant on Thursday, April 24.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit AIDS Project Rhode, which for more than 30 years has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI, a statewide non-profit human service organization.
“We thank our supporters across Rhode Island,” said Thomas Bertrand, MPH, AIDS Project Rhode Island executive director. “They are not only raising money but are raising awareness that HIV/AIDS is a threat that touches too many lives in Rhode Island and across the nation, a threat that is easily preventable.” Information about HIV/AIDS, including preventing its transmission, is available at www.aidsprojectri.org, he noted.
NBC 10 anchor Mario Hilario is chairing the event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. “Marking the 10th anniversary of Dining Out for Life in Rhode Island, I am especially honored to chair this important event that brings about awareness of HIV/AIDS as well as raises funds for HIV testing, education and prevention efforts, and to care for people infected with HIV,” said Mr. Hilario.
- Cumberland: Pamfilio’s
- East Greenwich: Grille on Main
- Narragansett: Hank’s Down South
- Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grille
- Pawtucket: Rasoi, Hose Company No. 6
- Providence: Blaze East Side, CAV, Eastside Creamery, The Flatbread Company, Gracie’s (April 23), Hanley’s, Hemenway’s: India, Kitchen Bar, Los Andes, New Rivers, Parkside Rotisserie & Bar, Pizzico, The Red Fez, Rí Rá Irish Pub, Rosalina’s, Rue De L’Espoir, Shula’s 347 Grill,Three Sisters, and Vagabond Food Truck Seekonk: Dublin Rose
- Woonsocket: The Burrito Company
Details regarding which meals are involved in the event and more information are available at
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