Thursday, seven local restaurants are taking a portion of their proceeds to donate to a good cause. The event is the first “Dining for Vida” fundraising event coordinated by the El Paso Border AIDS Partnership (BAP). The event was previously known by its English name, “Dining Out for Life” while BAP was under the direction of the El Paso Community Foundation.
KTSM’s own Patricia Maese will be the lunch ambassador at the Mesa Street Grill, where she will be joined by Borderland AIDS Partnership President Floyd Johnson.
“We are very excited about our very first ever Dining for Vida event. By eating out on this day, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Johnson. “We want to invite our community to join us at a restaurant that perhaps they’ve never been to before. It is also our way of expressing our appreciation to local establishments who have been so generous with us in the past.”
This year’s participating restaurants include:
- Salt + Honey Bakery Cafe (breakfast/lunch)
- Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner)
- Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner)
- L&J Cafe (dinner)
- Ruli’s International Kitchen (dinner)
- Park Tavern (dinner)
- Pot Au Feu (dinner)
In addition to food sales, diners can make additional contributions at the time of their visit.
In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem. With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.