Dining Out For Life

Spoon Signature Event

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.

In 1991 Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. In 1993, ActionAIDS made it an international event offering licenses to AIDS Service Organizations around the country. Since Dining Out for Life International's founding the event has grown throughout North America and is now produced in over 33 cities.

The Board of Dining Out For Life® is constantly working to expand the number of licenses around the country, as well as to gain sponsorships that benefit the entire country. On average two to three cities a year are being added.

More than 2,500 restaurants a year donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Over $2 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $600, all money raised in these cities stays there.

Over 200 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and into the Valley joined the fight against AIDS by donating 25% of their food sales during this important event.

All money raised goes to A Loving Spoonful and The Vancouver Friends For Life Society, two Lower Mainland charities supporting local people living with AIDS.

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A Loving Spoonful receives 77% of its funding from private donations and grants, rather than government funding.