Dining Out For Life Raises More Than $130,000 for Nashville CARES

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than $130,000 was raised to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee thanks to Dining Out For Life, which took place on Tuesday, April 21. An estimated 10,000 people dined out at 73 participating restaurants. Participating restaurants donated a generous percentage of proceeds from the day’s meals to Nashville CARES.


In its 13th year, Dining Out For Life has now raised in excess of 1.1 million dollars to support the work of Nashville CARES in Middle Tennessee.


“We are grateful for the generous contributions made by the restaurant community, corporate partners and diners who support us by participating in Dining Out For Life,” said Patrick Hamilton, Chief Development Officer for Nashville CARES. “By simply going out to eat, the community is helping us end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.”


Urban Grub was the top fundraising restaurant, raising more than $4,000 for Dining Out For Life. Maher Fawaz’s restaurants, Epice and all three Kalamata’s locations, raised nearly $9,000 during the event, and collectively were the top fundraising restaurant group for the 2015 Dining Out For Life.


Returning Dining Out For Life Co-Chair, Shamille Wharton, welcomed Stacey Wilson and Bradford Hollingsworth, as Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs, in addition to Honorary Co-Chairs Chris Chamberlain and Jay Matheney, are excited about the outcome of this year’s event.


“We are thankful for the many restaurants that have been with Dining Out For Life since the very beginning,” said Shamille Wharton. “The continued support of Caffe Nonna, Jackson’s Bar & Bistro, Margot Café & Bar, Park Café, Provence Breads & Café Downtown Library and Hillsboro Village, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, The Mad Platter, and Tin Angel has been vital to the annual success of the event.”


Sponsors for the 2015 event included: Presenting Sponsors—Embassy Dental and NPS Pharmacy; Gold Fork Sponsor—Bridgestone; Silver Spoon Sponsors—BanCorpSouth, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Downtown Subaru, and Vanderbilt University; and Bronze Knife Sponsors— The Dorothy Cate & Thomas Frist Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Fridrich, Pinson & Rothberg Insurance Agency, Grand Avenue, Kraft CPAs and Salas Law Group.


Participating restaurants 417 Union and Castrillo’s Pizza donated 100% of proceeds to Nashville CARES as a part of Dining Out For Life.


About Nashville CARES: Nashville CARES is the premier HIV/AIDS organization in the region. We provide comprehensive education, a broad range of targeted services and effective advocacy, all in a highly personal, confidential and compassionate manner. We are proactively and aggressively working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 40,000 youth and adults, almost 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 2,850 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us at and “Like” us on Facebook at

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