Dining With Friends is Back! Sign Up to Host a Party & Raise Money for Palmetto Community Care

After a nearly five-year hiatus, Palmetto Community Care is reviving a classic fundraiser: Dining With Friends. Hundreds of people around the greater Charleston community will host dinner parties in their homes, churches or workplaces as part of a massive fundraising effort to support the work of Palmetto Community Care. Party hosts and their guests are invited to a Grand Finale celebration on Jan. 19, 2019, with drinks, desserts and dancing.

Anyone can sign up to host a party. Hosts organize a dinner party, a potluck at the office, a black-tie dinner party in their home or a backyard barbecue or oyster roast -- anything goes. Palmetto Community Care will provide the party invitations, red ribbons, posters, and party tips. Guests bring a donation for Palmetto Community Care and enjoy a great dinner with friends.

All Dining With Friends hosts and their guests will gather at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. in downtown Charleston. Desserts and sweet treats from some of Charleston’s best restaurants will be available along with drinks and live music for dancing

Hosts don't have to worry about "asking their friends for money" – the invitations provided will do all the work. Hosts just fill out their specific party information on the pre-printed invitation and send them to their friends. Hosts also receive envelopes for the donations that they can turn in after the event. Hosts also can choose electronic invites, electronic donation forms and other online fundraising tools.

“We know the community has missed Dining With Friends as we hear from so many past hosts and guests who have such fond memories of this wonderful event. We are so pleased to bring back one of Charleston’s favorite and most unique fundraising events and we are raising the bar once more on fundraising to support life saving programs and services here at Palmetto Community Care,” said Bradley Childs, executive director.

Sign up to be a Dining With Friends Host by Dec. 15. Additional information and the sign-up form are available at www.palmettocommunitycare.org/DWF. Hosts will receive their invitation and party information packet no later than Dec. 21.

“We are bringing Dining With Friends into the digital age with electronic invitations and fundraising tools to make participation seamless and easier than ever. But, we aren’t forgetting what always made this event so special for so many years. We are keeping options for printed invites and donor envelopes. We want everyone excited to check their mail for party invitations, whether that is via email or from the post office!” said Jason Kirk, director of development and marketing.

For information on sponsoring the Dining With Friends Grand Finale Party or volunteering, contact Jason Kirk at 843-747-2273, ext. 216 or jkirk@palmettocare.org.

About Palmetto Community Care
Palmetto Community Care has been helping those living with HIV for more than 25 years. It all started with a belief that no one living with HIV or AIDS should go without medical care, everyday resources or emotional support. We believe our continued commitment to our work here in the Lowcountry will help bring an end to the HIV epidemic through increased HIV testing, prevention and education. Free, confidential HIV/STI testing: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. No appointment needed. For more information, visit palmettocommunitycare.org.