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Dining Out for Life Gets All-Star Treatment from Mondo Gurerra for 23rd Annual Event, April 25

Project Runway alumn designed a limited edition T-shirt for 2013 that will be unveiled in Philadelphia on Feb. 14 and sold across the country leading up to Dining Out for Life

Dining Out for Life raises more than $250,000 annually for local AIDS service organizations

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 7, 2013) – The custom print challenge has been a Project Runway mainstay for several seasons. Contestants on
the reality television show have pulled inspiration for their designs from childhood memories, relationships and pop culture, and the resulting patterns have been nostalgic, raw and abstract. They are also extremely personal, as was evidenced on national TV during the 10th challenge of Season Eight in 2010.
mondo_print_on_print_a_pArmando Thomas “Mondo” Guerra courageously told the judges that his pattern – bright, bold plus signs – had been inspired by his HIV+ status, and that he had been keeping it a secret for nearly a decade. Even his closest friends and family were surprised. It was a pivotal moment for the young fashion designer, who went on to win Project Runway All-Stars two years later and has been designing limited edition t-shirts and merchandise to benefit HIV/AIDS organizations around the world as his company has grown.

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Denver-based designer will travel to Philadelphia to unveil a special tee design for Dining Out for Life 2013, which began here 23 years ago and has grown to include more than 60 cities and 3,500 restaurants.

The limited-edition shirts will go on sale shortly after the unveiling and be available through Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 25 via the ActionAIDS.org website. Tickets for the unveiling reception on Feb. 14 – hosted by Hotel Palomar Philadelphia from 6-8pm – are $50 and are also on sale at ActionAIDS.org.

The idea behind Dining Out for Life is simple yet powerful: Dine Out. Fight AIDS. Participating restaurants each donate a third of the day’s food sales, which is then invested through local AIDS organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services.

Last year, more than 200 participating restaurants across the Delaware Valley raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. Locally, nearly 20,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and the rate of new infections is about four times the national average. At the same time, government HIV/AIDS prevention funding has been drastically cut. Your support for this event will enable us to deliver life changing services, including “treatment as prevention” – a proven approach to creating the first AIDS-free generation.

In 1991, an ActionAIDS volunteer turned to a group of Philadelphia restaurateurs to develop a new event to respond to the devastation the epidemic had on that close knit community. Through the generous participation of foodies, volunteers, corporate sponsors and the restaurants themselves Dining Out for Life quickly became a “must do” event in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter, ActionAIDS created a new non-profit, Dining Out for Life International, & sold the trademark to the group in order to allow other organizations dedicated to the fight against HIV AIDS to benefit from this great event. Today, DOFL is held in more than 60 cities in North America, includes 3,500 restaurants and raises nearly $4 million annually.

The monies raised stay in each respective community and are used to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential AIDS services. In addition to ActionAIDS, the monies raised help AIDS Delaware, Family and Community Service of Delaware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSEPA).

A complete list of participating restaurants will be available in mid-March. For more information in the meantime, call 1-877-EAT4LIF (1-877-328-4543) or go www.diningoutforlife.com/Philadelphia.

ABOUT ACTIONAIDS

In 1986, a group of 84 committed volunteers came together to form a community of care to provide services to 100 people with AIDS. These were the partners, family and friends of our founding volunteers. Over these many years, thanks to dedicated volunteers, talented staff, generous donors, and ongoing support from city, state and Federal agencies, ActionAIDS has grown to become Pennsylvania’s largest AIDS service organization. We currently serve more than 5,000 clients a year through the efforts of over 350 dedicated volunteers and 91 professional staff. We are privileged to be invited into the lives of thousands of men, women and children who are faced with the challenges of living with HIV disease. ActionAIDS volunteers and staff focus on building relationships one person/one family at a time. Our services are relationship focused, client centered and individualized. We continue to build a strong, diverse and committed community of caring to make sure that “No one faces AIDS alone.”

ABOUT AIDS DELAWARE

AIDS Delaware is the first and largest AIDS service organization in the State of Delaware. Their focus is targeting prevention and education programs to youth, while offering services to clients with HIV/AIDS.

ABOUT FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICE OF DELAWARE COUNTY

Family & Community Service of Delaware County is a private, non-profit, multi-service counseling agency serving Delaware County. The agency’s HIV/AIDS Service Program began in 1988, and the staff now provides case management and supportive services to about 200 people each year. The program provides case management, referrals to medical care, support groups, emergency needs, housing assistance, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as planning and advocacy.

ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania is one of the few health care providers that offer accessible, free and confidential HIV testing and counseling in Chester County. Additionally, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania provides HIV prevention and AIDS education awareness to pre-teens, teens, and college students across Chester County.

ABOUT MONDO GUERRA

Denver designer Mondo Guerra first endeared himself to an international audience in 2010 on Lifetime’s Project Runway. His innovative style and bold designs captured the imagination of the fashion world, and audiences rallied in support of Mondo following the emotional disclosure of his HIV-positive status on the show. Mondo’s courageous story has inspired global support surrounding his HIV/AIDS activism. Mondo returned to Runway as one of 13 Project Runway All Stars competing to prove they still have what it takes to rock the runway. In March 2012, Mondo emerged victorious from All Stars, claiming the largest prize package in Runway history–which included an exclusive designer’s boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and online.

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