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Eat Out, Fight AIDS At 2013 "Dining Out for Life" Event

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Some of the most popular restaurants in town are taking part in a special night of dining this week.

This Thursday, simply by going out for a quick bite, you can do your part to support the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

It’s the 2013 Dining Out for Life event, and there is plenty on the menu.

"Whether you want a simple slice of pizza or gourmet cuisine from one of the most exclusive spots in town, we've got you covered," says Donna Fuchs, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida AIDS Network (NFAN).

Dine at any of the participating restaurants - including popular spots like Matthew's, BiscottisDerby On Park and many more - this Thursday, and a sizable portion of your check will go towards NFAN's programs and services to support local patients dealing with HIV and AIDS.

The whole idea was created in 1991 by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now produced in more than 55 cities throughout the United States and Canada, including Jacksonville.

More than 3,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Nearly $4 million a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,000, all money raised in these cities stays there.

So enjoy lunch or dinner out on Thursday for a great cause! View the full list of participating local restaurants here.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.