Dining Out for Life Announces 2014 Results and Passes a Major Monetary Milestone



Altruistic diners and generous restaurant owners turned out in droves for this year's Dining Out for Life, the annual fundraiser for Nashville CARES. With a few of the 80 restaurants still left to report their sales, 2014 is shaping up to be another record year, with more than $150,000 in sponsorships, restaurant contributions and diner donations coming in to the coffers at CARES, which will use the proceeds to continue their longtime service to Middle Tennessee's citizens with HIV and AIDS. Two restaurants, 417 Union and Castrillo's Pizza actually donated 100 percent of their proceeds in this year's event.

Here's the official announcement from the folks at CARES:

"Every year, we are astonished and humbled by the generous contributions made by the restaurant community, corporate sponsors and individual diners who support us by participating in Dining Out for Life" said Patrick Hamilton, Chief Development Officer for Nashville CARES. “The Nashville community continues to step up in the fight against HIV and allows us to continue to work towards an AIDS-free generation.”

Participating for the first time, Merchants was the top fundraising restaurant with over $4,000 raised for Dining Out for Life. Arnold Myint's restaurants, blvd nashville and PM, in addition to his co-owned restaurant Suzy Wong's House of Yum (also owned by David Taylor, Keith Blaydes, Joe Brown and Todd Roman), raised more than $10,000 during the event and collectively were the top fundraising restaurant group for the 2014 Dining Out For Life.

Even more significant is the cumulative total from 12 years of DOFL. WIth this year's success, the event has surpassed the $1 million mark in funds raised for the effort.

That's a huge number, and all the organizers of Dining Out for Life say they want to thank the restaurants and diners who have participated for all of these years.

“We are especially grateful to the restaurants that have been a part of Dining Out for Life Nashville since it began in 2003,” said Shamille Wharton. “Caffe Nonna, Jackson’s Bar & Bistro, Margot Café & Bar, Park Café, Provence Breads & Café Downtown Library and Hillsboro Village, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, The Mad Platter, and Tin Angel have been tremendous allies in raising much needed funds to fight HIV. Their early and continued support has been vital to the annual success of the event.”

Well-done to all involved!

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