You might consider joining thousands of other people in the same predicament and pull up a seat at one of the more than 100 regional restaurants participating in Dining Out For Life, an annual fundraiser for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research. Breakfast, lunch or dinner that day, it doesn't matter: 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP).
Now in its fifth year, Dining Out For Life has become a major fundraiser for the public-health nonprofit, and last year netted $118,000 towards the group's mission of "providing compassionate care to area men, women and children affected by the AIDS virus and increase awareness to 'at risk' individuals," throughout 19 western counties.
"Today, many people have lost sight of the fact that HIV and AIDS is still a major issue on our community," says WNCAP Executive Director Ron Curran. "People think it's a developing world concern, but it's very much a threat right here. We need to keep people aware."
For details and a complete listing of participating restaurants, visit the WNCAP Web site (www.wncap.org).
"It's painless, really," says Curran. "After all, most people have to eat."