Border AIDS Partnership launches ‘Dining for Vida’ to celebrate 25th Anniversary

This week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary, El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) will present their first “Dining for Vida” fundraising event.

“We are very excited about our very first ever Dining for Vida event.  By eating out on this day, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, president of BAP. “We want to invite our community to join us at a restaurant that perhaps they’ve never been to before.  It is also our way of expressing our appreciation to local establishments who have been so generous with us in the past.”

For the day-long event, restaurants are asked to donate a portion of the day’s food sales to BAP.

The restaurants participating this year will be:  Salt + Honey Bakery Café (breakfast/lunch), Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner), Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner), L & J Café (dinner), Rulis International Kitchen (dinner), Park Tavern (dinner), and Pot Au Feu (dinner).

In addition to the food sales on that day, people can make additional contributions at the time of their visit. Liquor sales are not part of this donation. A local ambassador will be provided for each locale.

In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem.

With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.

Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.0 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs. Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de Sida, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.

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What: Border AIDS Partnership’s 1st “Dining for Vida” Fundraising Event

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Where: At Participating Local Restaurants

Salt + Honey Bakery Café (breakfast/lunch)

Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner)

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner)

L & J Café (dinner)

Rulis International Kitchen (dinner)

Park Tavern (dinner)

Pot Au Feu (dinner).