POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 9:12am
EL PASO - You can help raise thousands of dollars for a Borderland organization by simply heading out to eat today.
23 El Paso restaurants will take part in the Dining Out For Life event. The restaurants will donate 25% of proceeds to the "International AIDS Empowerment", which helps hundreds of HIV positive and AIDS patients in the Borderland.
"It's still an epidemic but a lot of people have forgotten that it is and this is my way of keeping it in the forefront," said Sai Pituk, owner of "The Kitchen", who's participating in the event.
"We help about 600 families that are affected by this disease and help them with bus passes, with a ride to their doctor's appointment. We have a clothes closet. We have a food pantry," said Tony Rivas, who helped organize Dining Out For Life.
The restaurants participating in the event are:
Ardovino's Desert Crossing
Bella Napoli Ristorante
Cappetto's Italian Restaurant
Fellini Film Café
Geske's Fire Grill
The Greenery Restaurant & Market
The Kitchen by Chef Sai
The Magic Pan (Cincinnati)
Mesa Street Grill
Ruli's International Kitchen
Sam's Chinese Restaurant
Toro Burger (North Mesa)
Toro Burger (Montana - Airport)
Toro Burger (Zaragosa)