More than 55 Top Chicagoland Restaurants Unite for One Day to Help Raise Vital Funds for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago
CHICAGO, IL (March 29, 2018) – After a three-year absence, Dining Out For Life (DOFL) returns to Chicago on Thursday, April 26. Founded in 1991, the annual, international event raises vital funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations. Participating restaurants donate a percentage of their daily sales to DOFL and diners contribute simply by enjoying their meal with the organization’s partners. All proceeds from this year’s Chicago event will benefit Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago to continue to provide FREE services to the local community.
This year’s event features more than 55 Chicagoland restaurants, such as Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant, Heaven on Seven, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Peninsula’s Hotel The Lobby, Purple Pig, The Dearborn and Urban Belly – which represent most of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, from the Magnificent Mile to Evanston and Albany Park.
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Six-year DOFL national spokesperson, the host of Chopped on The Food Network and former Chicago resident, Ted Allen says, “For me, it’s a great privilege to give my time alongside people who work full-time in this field. Dining Out For Life gets more guests into local restaurants and all of the local money stays local. It enriches the culinary community and feeds people.”
“Chicago’s restaurants are in large part the cornerstone of our community—going above and beyond in giving back to their local neighborhoods each and every day,” observed Derrek Hull, a member of the Planning Committee for Dining Out For Life and the Trotter Project Executive Director and Co-Founder. “Similarly, TPAN works tirelessly to positively impact Chicago’s HIV/AIDS community and those vulnerable to infection.”
Chicago’s 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunny states, “In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, restaurants were especially hard hit with the stigma of having a positive chef, server or even busser. Dining Out For Life was not only a way to raise money but took a bold step to reduce the stigma that surrounded HIV/AIDS at the time.”
About Dining Out For Life:
Dining Out For Life is a fundraising venture for outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations and programs throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1991, Dining Out For Life has been produced by local HIV/AIDS service organizations, ensuring that funds raised local stay local. Last year, 3,057 venues throughout the country raised more than $4.2 million with Dining Out For Life for HIV/AIDS services in their communities.
Founded in 1987, TPAN provides free services, including education, emotional and crisis support, and referrals, to those living with or vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis C, and related health conditions. TPAN is known for its outreach and close connection to Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. The agency hosts the annual Ride for AIDS Chicago and the international social media anti-stigma campaign, A Day with HIV, which showcases the abilities of those living with HIV/AIDS.
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Deep Ocean Water leader Kona Deep will significantly expand distribution points in New York and Southern California
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (March 13, 2018) — Kona Deep Corporation, the Hawaii-based bottled water company, today announced that it has signed long-term strategic distribution agreements with Big Geyser and Haralambos Beverage Company in order to fuel its rapid expansion.
Both partnerships were signed in late December. In New York, the Big Geyser partnership will cover the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk counties. In Southern California, the Haralambos partnership will cover distribution throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Patrick Turpin, Chief Executive Officer of Kona Deep and also the former Co-Founder & President of popchips, commented, “Big Geyser and Haralambos are by far the strongest distributors in their respective markets, both with a track record of exceptional execution with many iconic brands. These two partnerships enable us to bring this new category of deep ocean water to the New York and Southern California markets in a significant way.”
About Kona Deep
Kona Deep represents a completely new category of water: deep ocean water replete with a unique blend of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes. Kona Deep is sourced from the deep ocean waters of Hawaii, 3000 feet beneath the ocean surface, where cold, pressure and natural minerals combine to create an exceptionally high-quality water. Once brought to the surface, the water is desalinated and bottled at the source with absolutely nothing added.
After launching in Hawaii in late 2015, Kona Deep has recently expanded onto the U.S. mainland where the demand for premium waters and performance waters is growing rapidly. Hawaiian deep ocean water offers consumers both the purity of a trusted natural source and the performance benefits of naturally occurring deep ocean electrolytes. Kona Deep is sold primarily in leading grocery and natural food stores.
About Big Geyser Beverage Company
Big Geyser has been building brands in New York since 1986 and has a distribution footprint of over 25,000 doors, serving accounts in all channels of trade throughout the boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Founded by Irving Hershkowitz, a legend in the New York beverage world, Big Geyser started as a small operation and has transformed into one of the largest distributors of premium non-alcoholic beverages and snacks in the country.
About Haralambos Beverage Company
Haralambos Beverage Company services Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties. HBC has been a family owned and operated business since 1933. Striving to provide its customers with the best in products and customer service, HBC has a reputation of introducing countless groundbreaking brands to the marketplace. HBC prides itself on its ability to seek out innovative brands that can leverage its talents to build them into household names. HBC continues to operate as one of the most innovative and successful family owned and operated businesses on the West Coast.
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