Niagara Gazette

April 4, 2013

Dining Out for Life returns Tuesday

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — The 11th annual Dining Out for Life will take place in 100 participating restaurants throughout Western New York—in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties—on Tuesday to benefit Evergreen Health Services of WNY and its programs and services to fight HIV/AIDS in this region.

Nearly 8,000 area families have someone living with or at high risk for HIV/AIDS.

Participating restaurants, ranging from fine dining to casual, will contribute at least 25 percent of food sales that day. Many will be open for lunch as well as dinner, and several will serve diners during breakfast hours. For a complete list of restaurants, visit www.diningoutforlife.com or call 847-0340.

This year’s chairman is Tommy Lombardo, a third generation restaurateur at his family’s Ristorante Lombardo in North Buffalo. He is following the community service of his parents, Tom and Donna, who chaired Dining Out in 2011 and 2012.

“This event matters,” Tommy Lombardo said. “We invite families and friends to join us for a truly enjoyable evening with a serious purpose. We are proud of Evergreen Health Services and grateful for the quality care it provides. All funds we raise will remain here.”

He added: “Evergreen offers the most advanced medical care to those with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, a wellness center and nutrition program, prevention education and free and confidential HIV testing.”

Dining Out for Life brings new restaurants on board every year.

Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel’s La Cascata restaurant and Rizotto Ristorante in Williamsville are among those joining in 2013. Fortuna’s Restaurant in Niagara Falls, The Hideaway Grille in North Tonawanda and Dick & Jenny’s on Grand Island are returning this year.

The all-volunteer committee asks that groups of families and friends make reservations to dine out on April 9 and remember its message: All you have to donate is your appetite.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1991, Dining Out now is produced in 60 cities in North America. First held in Western New York in 2003 with 27 restaurants, the event has grown each year, raising a local total to date of $704,000.