by David Cohen
Dine Out. Fight AIDS on Thursday, April 29th.
AIDSCare Progressive Services (APS), now a member of EdgeAlliance, will celebrate its 17th Annual Dining Out For Life in Chicago on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Partnered with 58 cities across the United States and Canada, Dining Out For Life is the single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country.
More than 80 Chicago restaurants will come together to celebrate good friends, good food, and a good cause. Each restaurant will pledge to donate a portion of their proceeds to APS, and a volunteer Ambassador will be assigned to each participating restaurant to encourage individual tax-deductible contributions from diners, and to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness throughout the city. As an additional fundraiser this year, Chicagoans may also participate in a Text-to-Donate campaign by texting EDGE, then their preferred donation amount, to 27138.
Inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem ‘Chicago,’ this year’s event focuses on shoulders as symbols of support, denoting incredible power and strength. Built on the premise of interdependence and the need to lend our shoulders in support of one another, the photographs for this campaign, graciously taken by John Gress, proclaim Chicago as an incredibly diverse city. But more importantly, that we are all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, and age, and that our work has universal significance: “Under his wrist is the pulse. / And under his ribs the heart of the people / Laughing!” (Carl Sandburg, from the poem ‘Chicago’ in Chicago Poems).
AIDSCare Progressive Services, a member of EdgeAlliance, provides supportive and life progress services to families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS on EdgeAlliance’s North Lawndale Housing Campus on Chicago’s West Side. The campus currently houses more than 124 children, women, and men who are otherwise homeless and living with HIV/AIDS.
For more information or to get involved, visit www.EdgeAlliance.org or www.DiningOutForLife.com.
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