AIDS Volunteers, Inc. (AVOL) collaborates with our local restaurant community to stop the spread of HIV and empower those affected.

All donations provide outreach to persons at-risk; HIV testing and other health screenings; harm reduction and empowerment education; crisis alleviation and support for stable housing for persons living with HIV; essential emergency services and ongoing connectivity to medical care, nutrition and wellness services.

Founded by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1987 and incorporated in 1988, AVOL has spent 30 years engaging in grassroots advocacy, resource development, coalition building and direct services in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

On September 13th, more than 50 local restaurants in Lexington, Frankfort, Midway and Winchester alongside presenting sponsor Woodford Reserve will support AVOL’s mission by participating in their annual fundraiser: Dining Out for Life. 

“We are extremely grateful that our community of restaurants not only serve amazing food, but also give from the heart,” said Jon Parker, executive director of AVOL.

Participating restaurants will donate a minimum of 25% of each bill to support people in our community living with HIV and those at-risk for contracting the virus. Patrons will also have the opportunity to make independent donations. 

“I can’t think of a better way for a community to celebrate the strides made in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the years and draw attention to its remaining issues, than to gather together and share a meal,” Parker went on to share.