[image-1] Local restaurants are teaming up to support Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s Ryan White Wellness Center with this week’s Dining out for Life campaign, helping to raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

More than two dozen restaurants and food trucks are participating, donating a portion of proceeds of their lunch, dinner, or drink sales to the Center.

There are also a handful of special events you can attend, too:

This Wed. April 24 head to Wig Out Wednesday at El Jefe for a drag show starting at 10 p.m. There will be plenty of drink specials with all proceeds going toward the Ryan White Wellness Center. Also, any guest who mentions “Ryan White” at El Jefe during the month of April will get a free taco with their order.

Thurs. April 25 is National Dining out for Life Day. Celebrate at the Greenway behind Roper Hospital where the crews of Subaru will have cars on display, there will be a wide array of food trucks onsite, and Charlie from the RiverDogs will be in attendance. Diners are encouraged to eat out at participating restaurants on this day.

Later that day, from 6 to 9 p.m., Taco Boy hosts the official Dining out For Life community celebration at their downtown location. DJ Trever D, Takeover Charleston, reigning Charleston empress of pride Carmella Money Monroe, Jaisee Alexander, Symone N. O’Bishop, and Victoria Vixen provide the entertainment.

There will also be a drag for charity event at Dudley’s on Ann at 11 p.m. with the queen herself, Patti O’Furniture.

Sat. April 27 the Charleston RiverDogs donate a percentage of ticket sales to the center. When purchasing tickets, be sure to enter password DINEOUT.

Restaurants like Sugar Bakeshop have even created special menu items in honor of the campaign. “We’re proud to have created a custom cupcake design and are proud to be donating April proceeds to the cause,” said Sugar co-owner Bill Bowick.

Last year, Dining Out For Life raised over $35,000 for the Ryan Wellness Center. “We remind our patients and the community that there is life after an HIV diagnosis. Donations from Dining Out For Life increase opportunities for innovation, prevention and a true sense of rejuvenation in our community,” said Kim Butler, Director at the Ryan White Wellness Center.

Can’t visit a restaurant or one of this week’s events? Head online to donate.

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