Dining Out partners with 20 restaurants

As it plans its 10th annual Dining Out for Life programming this spring, the AIDS Project Rhode Island is looking for more restaurant participants and social media volunteers.

Dining Out for Life benefits AIDS Project RI on Thursday, April 24, when a portion of patrons’ bills at participating restaurants is donated to the organization.

“It’s a great and caring way to celebrate the spring season,” said Thomas Bertrand, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s executive director. “Step out on a Thursday night for dinner with friends and family, help people living with HIV and AIDS, and help Rhode Island achieve zero transmission of HIV.”

For the first time ever, Bertrand is looking for volunteers to help promote the event on social media. “Our job is to fill the tables at participating restaurants on April 24,” he said. “We want to have a team to help us raise awareness via social media of the list of restaurants participating. We want each of our restaurants to have every seat filled on that day.”

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Bertrand and his team also still are recruiting restaurants to sign on to take part in the event. As of early February, nearly 20 restaurants were already slated to participate.

Those include Blaze Eastside, CAV, Gracie’s, Hemenway’s, India, Kitchen Bar, Los Andes, New Rivers, Parkside, Pizzico, 3 Sisters, The Red Fez, RiRa Irish Pub and Restaurant and Rue De L’Espoir in Providence. In Pawtucket, Rasoi, and Hose Company No. 6 are involved. In Woonsocket the Burrito Company is participating.

“We’re hoping to get at least 30 restaurants from cities and towns across the state to participate,” Bertrand said.

Restaurants or social media volunteers should contact Amy Stein, the event’s director at 401-559-7896 or via amy@aidsprojectri.org.

The AIDS Project Rhode Island, a division of Family Services of Rhode Island, provides HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit aidsprojectri.org.