Philadelphia

Dining Out For Life With Celebrity spokespeople chef Daisy Martinez (PBS/The Food Network) and designer Mondo Guerra (Project Runway season 8/Project Runway Allstars winner)

The 25th year of Dining Out For Life, which was started in Philadelphia
by ActionAIDS in 1991 and has since grown to include about 60 other
cities across North America was held last Thursday at Franklin Hall in Philadelphia. 

In our region, about 200 restaurants and 10 food trucks participated.
That area included: Philadelphia, the surrounding counties, southern New
Jersey and Delaware.

 Celebrity spokespeople chef Daisy Martinez (PBS/The Food Network) and
designer Mondo Guerra (Project Runway season 8/Project Runway Allstars
winner)
 Mayor Nutter, Kevin Burns, ActionAIDS development director Michael Byrne and Mondo 
Guerra, 

Dining Out For Life 2015, dozens of area restaurants will donate 25,
50, or 100% of your bill to support the organization which provides
services to people living with HIV/AIDS right here in our community.

Mayor Nutter helped ActionAIDS executive director Kevin Burns kick off the evening and presented a formal proclamation

DOFL sponsor Subaru presented a new Hero Award this year that recognizes an ActionAIDS volunteer for
amazing service. The inaugural award went to Verna Swerdlow, who
operates the Vernalicious food truck. It was Verna’s idea to add the
food truck
round-up three years ago, and she has organized all three events since
then

Drew Becher at his last Philly DOL as he heads to San Fransico with partner Eric Lochner, who is taking a new job there. Lisa Stephano, Senior Director of Marketing and PR at PHS (l) and Jeff Guaracino (r)

Jeff Guaracino is Executive Director for the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) and
Desiree Peterkin Bell, City Representative and Mayor’s Director of Communications

PGN publisher Mark Segal (with hubby Jason Villemez ) hosted his customary table full of politicos,
including city council candidate Paul Steinke and Jeff Guaracino with Micah Mahjoubian – Soapbox Solutions

city council candidate Paul Steinke, Ronda Goldfein, Executive Director of AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and DA Seth Williams.

Jane Shull, Executive Director of Philadelphia Fight

 
A special shout-out to GM Joshua Mann and his team, who went all-out btw, allowing a Subaru wrapped in Mondo’s special #LoveResponsibly design to be parked
inside the dining room at Frankford Hall. And they provided family-style table service for the VIP guests, too, instead of everyone ordering at the windows. Needless to say, they hustled.

Photo credit: Amanda Swiger for ActionAIDS.