Dining Out For Life Across WNY

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- About 100 restaurants across Western New York were part of this year's Dining Out For Life. It's when customers can enjoy a meal and the restaurant will donate a minimum of 25% of the food bill to the Aids Community Services of Western New York.

"Gives people an excuse to go out and an excuse to try a different restaurant," Adam Goetz, the owner of Sample Restaurant, said. "This is our third year doing it. And every year it gets bigger and bigger and every year we contribute more."

"A lot of staff, people answering the phones every day for the last three or four days, and we have a full house," David Barbara, the owner of Cecelia's Ristorante said.

"You have to buy food anyways and who doesn't love out to dinner?!" one customer asked.

Some restaurants decided to give 50% of the bill this year, which drew in the customers. "We saw a lot of the ones online that said 25% and we just decided that 50% was a little bit more," another customer said. "If you're gonna be eating out you mine as well just donate the 50% of whatever you're going to be eating."

"It's important because it helps the whole aids community," Greg Stachowski, from Aids Community Services, said.

"It goes to a great organization, they do a lot for many different people, from kids to women, to men," Mark Bancerowski, from Aids Community Services said.