Dining Out for Life is back on April 28, 2015. More than 100 local restaurants will donate 25% of their proceeds from Dining Out for Life day to San Francisco AIDS Foundation prevention and support services. Ambassadors play an integral role by hosting a selected restaurant and inviting their friends and family to dine with them. To give us a taste of what this special event is all about, one of our enthusiastic ambassadors—Emer Braddock—answered our questions about what motivates her to participate every year.
Besides a fun chance to eat out—what’s great about being a DOL ambassador?
It’s an excuse to get all the people you care about together. A way you can work together to contribute to something bigger than yourself! And because the restaurant takes care of everything—you don’t have to worry about running out of wine or if you bought enough cheese—it’s easy in a way to participate. But at the end of the day it’s so meaningful to San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the programs it funds.
Why do you participate year after year? What speaks to you about the cause?
I participate because HIV is so prevalent in San Francisco—this city has one of the largest HIV positive populations in the U.S. And since so many of the new HIV cases occur in marginalized social groups, I see working with the foundation as something that relates to social justice as well. It’s not just a health care issue.
Do you have any tips for first time ambassadors?
To get a good turn-out at your restaurant, try to think about the different kinds of social groups that you have. Work friends, school friends, people from your work out class, people you see at the dog park every day—there are probably lots of people you can tell about the event.
I also tell my friends—don’t worry if you can’t make it to my restaurant. If it’s across town or not easy to get to after work, just go on the DOL website—there are a ton of different participating restaurants to choose from.
Educate yourself about the work the foundation does, since people always ask. I suggest that people say that the goal is for San Francisco to be the first U.S. city to end the HIV epidemic. It makes people feel good to be part of that mission.
Join the fun—we’d love to have you be an Ambassador for Dining Out For Life! Look here for more information.
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