Annual dining event benefits AIDS patients
More than 20 restaurants will participate in a fundraising event Wednesday for Life Foundation, Hawaii's oldest and largest AIDS organization.
Most will donate 20 percent of their proceeds from Wednesday's diners to support the foundation's services to residents with HIV/AIDS. Some will donate a minimum of $1,500.
WALK RAISES FUNDS FOR AIDS CARE
Starbucks is sponsoring an event called "2007 Starbucks AIDS Walk for Life" on April 22 to benefit the Life Foundation.
The event is a 5-mile walk around Kapiolani Park. Funds raised by walkers will go to support AIDS care and HIV prevention services at the Life Foundation. Last year, the event raised more than $125,000.
Those interested in participating in the event can register online at www.aidswalkhawaii.org, or call 521-AIDS.
"Oahu Dines is always an exciting time of year for us at Life Foundation," executive director Paul Groesbeck said in a news release. "It's wonderful to see the community come out in support of the men, women and children we serve living with HIV in Hawaii."
The foundation urges residents to eat at one of the participating restaurants and "patronize them throughout the year to thank them for their support in the fight against AIDS."
The restaurants represent a diverse group, including Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop at Ward Centre, Big City Diner, Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen, and Chai's Island Bistro.
Residents can get more information on participating restaurants and restaurants can still sign up to support Life Foundation by calling 521-2437 or visiting www.oahudines.org.
The foundation, founded in 1983, is working with nearly 700 HIV-positive men, women and children on Oahu to ensure that they receive adequate medical, financial and emotional support.
The foundation also holds events to increase public awareness of the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, and conducts sterile needle exchange, treatment education, case management and other programs.
All Life Foundation services are free and confidential.