Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dine out in April to Benefit Open Hand

Enjoy Great Food with Friends, Family and Co-Workers for a Great Cause

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, the 19th Annual Dining Out for Life event, Open Hand’s largest annual fundraiser, will be hosted at more than 100 metro Atlanta restaurants. For those that enjoy a meal at participating restaurants, 20% or more of their total check will go towards supporting the community nutrition programs of Open Hand. is the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event, taking place on Administrative Professionals Day.  Businesses are encouraged to show their appreciation for these important staff members by treating them to a meal at a participating restaurant. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is an ideal opportunity to bring together friends and families not only for a meal, but for a great cause. From kickball teams and social clubs to church and youth groups, these restaurants are eager to provide diners with a fun dining experience to benefit Open Hand.

Jackie Yeaney, President of the Board of Directors for Open Hand, thanks Twist Executive Chef Peter Kaiser for an wonderful night for Dining Out for Life Supporters. 

Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides medically-appropriate meals and nutrition education to homebound seniors and individuals living with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer and disabilities associated with these chronic or critical illnesses. Open Hand, commemorating its 23rd year of service to the community, has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home-delivered meals – preparing, packing and delivering more than 5,500 meals daily across 17 Georgia counties.

Members of the Dining Out for Life Executive Committee include Karen Canavan PR, Leigh Catherall of Here to Serve Restaurants and Open Hand Board member, Open Hand Board Member Sally Dorsey, CNN’s Holly Firfer, 11 Alive’s Evelyn Mims, Walt Phelps of Koncept Design Studios, Christine Pullara of Atlanta & Company, Steak Shapiro of 790 The Zone and Open Hand volunteer John Thompson.

Renita T. Shelton, Tina McElroy Ansa (Author), Rosemary Cloud (Fire Chief for the City of East Point), Roz Tucker (Director of Volunteer Services at Open Hand) and Jess Parsons (Corporate Wellness Representative at Open Hand) took this evening of charitable dining as the perfect opportunity to host an evening with an author.

Last year, participants raised nearly $150,000 to benefit Open Hand. On April 27th, diners across Atlanta will have more than 100 participating restaurants to choose from to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, making this an ideal time to visit an old favorite or try something new!  For a full list of participating restaurants, visit  More dining destinations are being added everyday. 

For more information, go to or call 404-419-3333.