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Greater Palm Springs is making plans to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of more than 80 establishments participating in the 2020 Dining Out For Life event on Thursday, April 30. Each participating restaurant will donate 33-100% of their total day's revenue in support of Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community.

Locally, the event generates great community pride of place.  Greater Palm Springs raised more funds than major metropolitan cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco. “This is a powerful story about the impact of generous restaurants and our local community,” said Desert AIDS Project’s Chief Development Officer, Darrel Tucci. He credits the generosity of Greater Palm Springs business owners for raising a record amount in 2019, for client services at D.A.P.  “Palm Springs is the smallest participating market, but because of the community's commitment to DAP, we were second in overall fundraising for the second year in a row.  No other market can boast the level of commitment shown in Greater Palm Springs.”

Locally, the event generates great community pride of place.  Greater Palm Springs raised more funds than cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco.   “This is a powerful story about the impact of generous restaurants and our local community.” Said Desert AIDS Project’s Chief Development Officer, Darrel Tucci who credits the generosity of Great Palm Springs business owners for raising a record amount this year for client services at Desert AIDS Project (DAP).  “Palm Springs is the smallest participating market, but because of their commitment to DAP, we were second in overall fundraising again this year.  No other market can boast the level of commitment shown in Greater Palm Springs.”

Beyond fundraising to support DAP’s clients and services, the event generates community awareness of HIV/AIDS and supports Desert AIDS Project’s mission to enhance health and well-being of its community. Desert AIDS Project provides compassionate care for 7,000 patients and clients.  Desert AIDS Project’s goal and specialty is helping people achieve overall health. DAP is in the midst of a capital campaign, D.A.P. Vision 2020, which when fully funded, will enable it to double the number of patients and clients served.  Desert AIDS Project CEO, David Brinkman explains why the expansion is so important.  “There are 27,000 transgender individuals in our service area that need culturally competent care.  40,000 low income residents near DAP are still without healthcare and our neighbors facing a mental health crisis often wait weeks or months for an appointment.  Treatment for addiction, is often out of reach and affordable housing is almost non-existent in Palm Springs.  The future of DAP is humanitarian, moving individuals into care and onward toward a life of wellness.

Brinkman reflected on the impact of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs. “Few other events bring DAP closer to our tap root of community action. DAP was founded on unconditional love and guided by community members who defined and funded solutions to help those in need. I hope the community shares our great sense of pride in being home to the top three fundraising restaurants in North America for the third year in a row.”  Over 10,000 residents ‘made one meal matter’ at participating locations throughout the day sporting their ‘I Dined’ badges of honor. 

Sponsors of Dining Out for Life Greater Palm Springs included Sysco Riverside, Nonstop Wellness, NBC Palm Springs, The Desert Sun, CV Independent, Standard Magazine, Gay Desert Guide.  

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