Foodies and restaurateurs will convene at the Long Beach Musuem of Art on Sunday, Aug. 17 for the C.A.R.E. to Dine Kickoff Party. The reception-by-the-sea provides local restaurateurs with an introduction to the community of diners who will soon make serious lunch and dinner plans for the upcoming annual C.A.R.E. to Dine fundraiser on Sept. 25.
Participating restaurants throughout Long Beach have agreed to donate 20 percent or more of each patron’s bill on C.A.R.E. to Dine Day, Sept. 25 to the C.A.R.E. Program, the only regional comprehensive HIV health service.
The C.A.R.E. Program provides high-quality health and social services for HIV/AIDS-infected and affected individuals and families in a manner that is professional and compassionate, recognizing the dignity and autonomy of each individual.
The nationally recognized C.A.R.E. Program relies on charitable support from donors to operate many key programs and services. Restaurants participating in the C.A.R.E. to Dine fundraiser include: La Traviata, Kafe Neo, Original Park Pantry, Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria, Newport●Naples Rib Company, La Strada Italiano, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, Rick & Brian’s Café & Bakery, and La Parolaccia. The most up-to-date list of participating restaurants can be found here.
The C.A.R.E. to Dine Kick-Off event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Blvd. The event will feature food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction. Community leaders Thomas-Michael Dileva and Keir Jones also will be honored at the party.
Tickets are $25 per person and members of the CARE 21 Society will receive two complimentary tickets. For reservations, call (562) 491-9225 or you can purchase your tickets online.