By Jennifer Wendel
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was first reported in 1981. Today AVERT, a United Kingdom-based charity, reports that over 3.3 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS. Concerned members of the K College community can help combat these statistics― all they have to do is take a night off from cafeteria food, head off campus, and grab a bite to eat.
Thursday, April 28 is Dining Out for Life, an event where participating restaurants across the nation donate at least 25 percent of one night’s profits to help fight HIV/AIDS. Last year, more than 3,500 restaurants in 55 cities raised around $4 million for the HIV/AIDS service organizations. Last year 22 restaurants participated in Kalamazoo and raised $40,000. This year, 34 local restaurants will participate, and all the money raised will fund local research aimed at curing the virus and disease.
Chris Housler, owner of University Roadhouse, is participating for the first time this year. “We support a lot of charitable actives in the community,” he said. “I think it’s a good thing for the community, and it’s an easy way to participate; it’s a win-win.”
Dowtown, Old Burdick’s is also participating. “Anything that’s for the community and a good cause we’d love to be a part of,” Keith Love, a supervisor, said. Love said people should come out and participate; “it’s just a good cause,” he said.
Find out which restaurants are participating this year at diningoutforlife.com/kalamazoo