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Get Excited for Dining Out For Life!
Dining Out For Life is NEXT WEEK! On Thursday, April 25, hundreds of volunteers, restaurant owners, staff, and diners will participate in our community's largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser and awareness event.
Check out the list of 2019 Participating Restaurants here.
By simply dining out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, coffee, or dessert, you will be donating 20% of your bill to HIV Prevention & Care in WNC. That's pretty cool.
Be sure to promote DOFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using our social media toolkit!
There are still some restaurant shifts that need filling by volunteer Ambassadors. See a list of available shifts here. Sign up to be an Ambassador or refer a friend!
If you would like to volunteer for Dining Out For Life or have any questions, please contact Chris at wncapvolunteer@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 315. 
Everyone is invited to the DOFL Afterparty! Come to Banks Ave. Bar from 7pm-11pm on Thursday, April 25 for drinks, dancing, and a drag show. Banks Ave. Bar is a DOFL Participating Restaurant, which means 20% of all sales go to WNCAP. So go ahead, have that second (or third) cosmo - it's for a good cause, after all.
If you can't make it out to eat on April 25, but would still like to support WNCAP and join the DOFL raffle, please donate here. Just select Dining Out For Life 2019 as your "Donation Campaign" and you will be automatically entered to win one of three great prizes! (click here and scroll down to the third story to see a detailed description of the three raffle prizes).
We can't to see you on Thursday, April 25!
Rock The Vote
Vote for Dining Out For Life as Best Local Fundraising Event
Mountain Xpress is currently accepting votes for their annual "Best of WNC" 2019 X Awards. For the past several years, Dining Out For Life has won Best Local Fundraising Event under the "Uniquely Asheville" section of the poll.
This award is hugely important to the success of Dining Out For Life. It always features in our press release and our pitches to sponsors. It's a symbol of DOFL's widespread appeal and legitimacy within our community.
The Best of WNC ballot is quite long, and the Uniquely Asheville section isn't until the twelfth page, but don't worry - you don't have to vote in any category you don't want to. In fact, if you only want to vote for Dining Out For Life, that's okay, too!
Thank you for your support! After you vote, please share on social media so we can gather as much support as possible. Remember: Dining Out For Life features 100 restaurants, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of diners, and has raised over $1 million in the past 17 years - that sounds like "The Best" to us!
An Act of Love
Create A Panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt
This spring, WNCAP is offering members of the community a chance to honor their loved ones by creating a panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. We will provide materials and skilled sewers.   
The workshops will take place over three Saturdays: May 18, May 25, and June 1. 
The location of the workshops are yet to be determined, but they will take place somewhere in Asheville.
Using a needle, thread, paint, and your loved one's personal items, you can weave their legacy into the enduring tapestry of those affected by AIDS. 
For more information, please contact Randy at randy@wncap.org or call (828) 252-7489 ext. 313.
Testing Is Strength
National Transgender HIV Testing Day is 4/18
National Transgender HIV Testing Day, celebrated annually on April 18, recognizes the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender and non-binary people. The Day is organized by UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.
In the United States, it is estimated that around 1.4 million adults identify as transgender. Transgender women are at high risk of having HIV and of contracting HIV. Transgender women of color, especially black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women, experience disproportionately high rates of HIV.
There is a gap in research on HIV and transgender men; few studies have gathered HIV prevalence data for this population.
In Memoriam
Remembering Ryan White
Wednesday, April 17 was World Hemophilia Day, and we want to pause to honor Ryan White. Living with hemophilia, Ryan White was exposed to HIV following a blood transfusion in 1984.
Only 13 years old, Ryan transformed the national conversation around HIV/AIDS. His name is still attached to the federal program that connects thousands of people living with HIV with medical treatment.
We've come a long way since Ryan White was diagnosed with HIV. His courage and positive attitude remain as inspirations to all those affected by HIV.
Spring Break!
WNCAP Offices Closed on 4/19
This Friday, April 19, WNCAP offices will be closed. We will re-open on Monday, April 22. If you have an immediate concern, please call (828) 252-7489 or email info@wncap.org
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Western North Carolina AIDS Project  |  554 Fairview Rd.  |  Asheville, NC 28803
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