Tonight Christopher and I are getting together with my cousins Katie and Kris (you've heard of them--they're the two who are going to be doing the Breast Cancer 3-day this year -- read about them, here), and we're going to go out to dinner. Why is this newsworthy? Because tonight is "Dining Out For Life" in the Twin Cities.
If you haven't heard of it, Dining Out For Life is a fund-raiser for AIDS-related service organizations which is "celebrated" at different times across the country. (Locally, it's sponsored by The Aliveness Project.) On a given day in each of these metropolitan areas, restaurants offer to give a certain amount of their income for the night and donate it to local groups who provide services to those living with HIV and AIDS throughout the community. Even more than that, often the wait staffs will do the same -- donating their tips or even their total wages.
So, tonight, we're going to get together and do our part by simply eating. We're hoping to have dinner at a great little restaurant called Blackbird, which isn't too far from our place. I say that we're "hoping" because Blackbird is -- in point of fact -- a small restaurant which doesn't take reservations. This is not a big deal most Thursday nights, but they are donating at least 35% of tonight's income, so there's a very good chance that they're going to be swamped. We're coming up with contingency plans, but hopefully we'll be eating there.
No matter what, I gotta say... When you can make a donation to a great cause just by eating... Wow. Philanthropy has never tasted so good!
** Wondering if there are any Dining Out For Life opportunities coming up in your area? (Even though most of them happen on the same day, some cities are different.) Check out their nationwide website. **