CARE to Dine: 3rd Annual Fundraiser Tastes Better Than Ever

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care-program  3rd Annual FundraiserThe CARE to Dine 2010 is a collaborative fundraising event between several Long Beach area restaurants and the Comprehensive AIDS Resource & Education (C.A.R.E.) Program at St. Mary Medical Center. On Thursday, August 12 participating restaurants will donate at least 20% of their day’s proceeds to support the services provided by the C.A.R.E. Program.

Since the C.A.R.E. Program’s establishment in 1986, we are now the largest non-profit HIV care provider in the greater Long Beach area, serving over 1,400 men, women and children infected/affected by HIV disease. C.A.R.E. is dependent upon individual and community financial support to offset the cost of unfunded care, treatment and services available to all HIV infected/affected individuals in Los Angeles County. Approximately 50% of C.A.R.E. clients live below the federal poverty level, and about 35% cannot afford, or do not qualify for, public or private health insurance coverage.

“C.A.R.E. to Dine” has grown since our first fundraiser in 2008, and brings local community businesses and the C.A.R.E. Program together for a good cause”, said Dr. Mark Davis, C.A.R.E. Program Director.

The C.A.R.E. Program has contracted with numerous restaurants throughout the Greater Long Beach area, to raise awareness and financial support to address the devastating effects of HIV. “C.A.R.E. to Dine” highlights collaborative efforts between local businesses and St. Mary Medical Center to impact the quality of life and wellbeing of our community. It’s a win-win fundraiser,” said Jay Villarreal, Committee Chair of C.A.R.E. to Dine.

The C.A.R.E. Program encourages the public to dine out on Thursday, August 12th in support of local restaurants and the “C.A.R.E. to Dine” fundraiser. Plan breakfast, lunch, or dinner with co-workers, friends and/or family members and support a worthy cause at the same time. Holding scheduled meetings and parties on the day of the event at participating restaurants is another option which will greatly enhance proceeds to be donated to the C.A.R.E. Program. If you cannot dine in on August 12th, please consider ordering take-out as the percentage donated will still apply, and be sure to mention C.A.R.E. to Dine.

For a list of participating restaurants please visit the C.A.R.E. website.

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