LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tenth Annual Bluegrass Dining Out For Life was on Thursday.
City officials say the premise for DOFL is simple: have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at any of our 56 generous participating restaurants, and those restaurants will donate at least 25% of sales to AVOL.
“Dining Out For Life represents the best in bringing our diverse citizenship together to make our community a better, safer and healthier place for all,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. “Imagine what we can do on an even grander scale when working together for the greater good.”
In Keeping with AVOL’s mission to end HIV in Kentucky, all funds raised through DOFL will be used to advance this mission while focusing on:
Ensuring more people who are living with HIV know their status
Decreasing the number of new HIV infections
Ensuring more people living with HIV are connected to, reconnected to, and maintain medical care
Achieve and maintain viral suppression for those currently living with HIV
Working to eliminate health disparities and HIV stigma
“Dining Out For Life allows AVOL to raise critically needed funds while making people more aware of the good work being done by our volunteers and staff in the communities we serve,” said Executive Director Jon Parker. “DOFL plays such an important role in our fight to end HIV in Kentucky while creating a day for the entire community to break bread together at so many of our community’s generous and hospitable partnering restaurants.”
They say AVOL provides extensive outreach, education, access to free HIV testing, prevention and connectivity to care. For individuals living with HIV, AVOL responds to and develops new housing opportunities which address critical housing needs. Stable housing as a direct impact on health outcomes. Individuals who are stably housed are more likely to achieve viral suppression and healthy living.