Annual St. Louis Dining Out For Life Event Takes New Twist This Year
Event will support restaurant community that has experienced hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic
Vivent Health announced today that its annual fundraiser, Dining Out For Life, will take place this year on Thursday, April 29th. Typically, the St. Louis food and beverage community has generously supported this fundraiser by donating 25% or more of their sales to help people living with and at-risk for HIV. This year, Vivent Health is paying it forward to help the restaurant community. Unlike in years past, St. Louis restaurants will be keeping the customary 25% of sales they would typically donate, a decision made to recognize the hardships that restaurants have experienced over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We recognize the impact COVID-19 has on the restaurant industry and want to support our neighbors in the same way they’ve supported us over the years,” said James Lesch, Director of Development at Vivent Health. “We are not asking restaurants to give back this year, but we hope you will still find the time to safely dine in, order delivery or carry out from these wonderful establishments. Think of your order as a way of paying it forward to restaurants for over two decades of support, ensuring our robust culinary community is ready for another successful event in 2022.”
Over the past 27 years, the St. Louis restaurant community has raised $4 million dollars to support Vivent Health in the fight against HIV. New this year, Vivent Health encourages people to patronize participating restaurants, whether safely in person or carried out, in the spirit of the event on April 29th to raise awareness for Dining Out For Life. Over 75 area restaurants are participating in Dining Out For Life this year. Vivent Health also encourages anyone with the means to donate directly to their organization. Restaurant donations typically account for 70% of funds raised through Dining Out For Life. Vivent Health will be foregoing that significant majority of donations and are relying on community support to help close that gap in funding and ensure everyone living with and at-risk for HIV in St. Louis has access to lifesaving care, regardless of ability to pay.
Dining Out For Life is presented by Subaru and locally sponsored by Quest Diagnostics and Gilead Sciences.