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DOFL Numbers Are In!
Dining Out For Life 2018 was a huge success. On April 26, over 100 restaurants in Western North Carolina donated 20% of their sales to WNCAP for HIV Prevention & Care. At the same time, hundreds of volunteer Ambassadors educated diners about HIV in our community and invited them to participate in a drawing for three grand prizes. In the process, hundreds of diners generously donated to help end HIV in WNC and improve the lives of people living with HIV.
This year, despite a cold and rainy DOFL day, the WNC community still turned out in force and delivered one of our best fundraising days in the 16 year history of Asheville's Dining Out For Life. Contributions from restaurants, together with individual contributions from diners, totaled over $125,000. What will that money be spent on? We'll tell you!
  • Prevention services, including condom distribution, syringe exchange, and PrEP/PEP availability with the goal of zero new HIV transmissions in WNC.
  • Care for people living with HIV in our community, including transportation, access to medical care and mental health services, compassionate case management, and food provision for homebound clients.
  • Education for people of all ages about HIV prevention and sexual health.
  • Advocacy for people living with HIV on the local, state, and federal levels with the goal of ending stigma and creating equal access to healthcare.
We are so grateful to all of our participating restaurants for their generosity and kindness. Please let our restaurants know that their participation in DOFL matters - dine out year round for breakfast, lunch, cocktails, dinner, dessert, and coffee at one (or more!) of our fabulous 2018 participating restaurants.
All of our participating restaurants are rock stars, but some of them really shone this year. Together, our top three 2018 contributing restaurants - Cúrate, Wicked Weed Brewing, and Tupelo Honey Café - brought in nearly $10,000 for WNCAP. We'll toast to that!
Dining Out For Life would not be possible without the work of our incredible volunteer Ambassadors. By dedicating their time and passion to spreading the message of HIV Prevention & Care, our Ambassadors not only raise critical funds for WNCAP - they are on the frontlines of providing education and reducing stigma around HIV in our community.
We want to give a big shoutout to our top three Ambassador teams from DOFL 2018. Together, they raised nearly $7,000 for HIV Prevention & Care. In order, they are Barbara Bell & Betty Sharpless (Avenue M, dinner shift), Bill & Sharon Hathaway (Corner Kitchen, dinner shift), and Mark Arrington, Bobby Hill, the whole team from BobbyMark's Designs, and Bennet Phillips (Carmel's, lunch shift). Well done!
We couldn't produce Dining Out For Life without our wonderful sponsors, especially our longtime supporter Prestige Subaru. Thanks to Prestige and our other sponsors, including PharmBlue & Plasticard-Locktech International (PLI), every penny raised at DOFL goes directly to HIV Prevention & Care in WNC. 
It's never too early to mark your calendars for next year! Dining Out For Life 2019 will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019. If you have a suggestion for a participating restaurant or a potential sponsor, please contact Randy at If you would like to sign up to be a 2019 volunteer Ambassador, please contact Chris at We truly could not do our work without the support of our wonderful WNC community. Thank you.
Judge & Jury
Meet the 2018 Signature Piece Judges!
There's still time for artists to submit to the Signature Piece Competition! The Signature Piece of art is the cornerstone of WNCAP's fall event, Be Our Guest featuring the 30th Anniversary Raise Your Hand Live Auction. One of the best reasons to submit an artwork - any medium, from painting to pottery to jewelry - is to get your work seen by three amazing leaders from the Asheville arts community.
To submit, please fill out this online form. For more information, contact Randy at or call (828) 252-7489.
Our 2018 Signature Piece judges are Pamela Myers, director of the Asheville Art Museum, Michael Manes, director of Blue Spiral 1, and Linda Gritta, an Asheville-based painter who was the winner of the 2017 Signature Piece Competition. Read more about our amazing judges, below:
Pamela Myers
Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum (1995-present) is responsible for all aspects of Museum operations, including personnel, finance, fundraising, program development and implementation, and collections growth, care and management. Pam is proudly shepherding the construction, renovation and preservation project to create the New Asheville Art Museum, a 21st century piece of architecture that will anchor Asheville’s civic center and cultural community for generations to come.
Pam is a life-long museum professional and previously worked with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of the City of NY, The Strong Museum; the NC Museum of Art and the DeYoung Museum. She was a consultant for Royal Ontario Museum, Henry Ford Museum-Greenfield Village, Norman Rockwell Museum and National Museum of Hungary, National Museum of Australia and the Fund for Art and Culture in Eastern and Central Europe. She was an advisor to the J Paul Getty Trust Museum Management Institute, a member of the Downtown Commission and the Public Art Board in Asheville and a member of many other community boards. She is a reviewer for the NEA, NCAC and IMLS and an accreditor to the American Association of Museums.
Michael Manes
Michael is the Director of Blue Spiral 1 in Downtown Asheville. He is also heavily involved in the Asheville arts community; serving on the Advisory Board (previously the Vice-Chair) for the Asheville Area Arts Council, helping facilitate the Downtown Asheville Art District, and partnering with American Craft Week, The Center for Craft, and many other arts and community non-profits located in Asheville. He believes fine art and craft enrich our homes, our wardrobes, our offices, and most importantly our public spaces. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Asheville, holds a BFA in Painting and Art-History from the Columbus College of Art and Design and currently lives in Candler, North Carolina with his wife Hanna and their two pups, Ella and Mabel.
Linda Gritta
Originally from Chicago, award-winning artist Linda Gritta has called the mountains of Asheville her home for the past thirteen years. Her energetic work combines a love of color with a strong sense of form and structure.
After receiving a BFA degree, Linda pursued further training at the New York Studio School, the Arts Student League and Penland School of Crafts. Believing that ‘the best teacher is the paint itself’, she describes her process as an ongoing dialogue with each painting; a mixture of careful contemplation, precise decisions and raw chaos.
Linda’s paintings have been exhibited in venues across the Southeast as well as Boston and New York City. Her work can also be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
To submit, please fill out this online form. For more information, contact Randy at or call (828) 252-7489.
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