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Nearly 30 Charleston Restaurants will Participate in National Dining Out for Life Event



Nearly 30 Charleston-area restaurants, food trucks, and bars will participate in Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 26th to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Charleston. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Ryan White Wellness Center at Roper St. Francis.

For a list of participating restaurants in Charleston, click here.

The Ryan White Wellness Center is a federally-funded medical home for people in the in the tri-county area living with HIV/AIDS and a prevention center for who those who are negative. Since 2000, the organization has pledged to become a premier healthcare provider in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the preferred HIV care in the Lowcountry. All services are free to those who qualify. Its vision is to foster an HIV-free generation through quality care, case management, prevention, outreach and advocacy.

Overall, more than 3,000 restaurants across the United States and Canada will donate a portion of their proceeds from Dining Out For Life to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million a year is raised during this event to support the missions of 60 HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Now in its eighth year in Charleston, Dining Out for Life is one of Ryan White Wellness Center’s top fundraising opportunities. In 2017, the one-day-only event raised close to $60,000 from generous restaurants in the community.

Operations remain ‘as-is’ for participating restaurants, but many choose to offer exclusive menu options and drink specials to raise awareness of the cause during their service hours. For a list of participating restaurants in Charleston, visit

Taco Boy in downtown Charleston will host the official Dining Out for Life celebration with Takeover Charleston. The event will take place from 5:30 – 9 pm on Thursday, April 26th. DJ Trevor D. will supply the tunes with performances by local entertainers Carmella Monet Monroe, Jaisee Alexander, Victoria Vixen and Symone N. O’Bishop. A drag show will begin at 8 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Ryan White Wellness Center.

For more information on Dining Out for Life, please visit



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