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2018 roster set for WNY Dining Out for Life

More than 80 restaurants will donate part of their evening’s proceeds for local HIV programs on Oct. 9, the 16th edition of Dining Out for Life.

All participants need to do is eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at a participating venue. These restaurants will send from 25 to 100 percent of their food bills to the charity. In its first 15 editions, the event raised more than $1.2 million for local services for people with HIV or AIDS.

For the third year, Ellen and Steven Gedra of The Black Sheep are honorary chairs. The Black Sheep will donate 50 percent of dinner tabs, including alcohol, and servers will pitch in as well.

KeyBank will match donations up to $10,000. Lyft is also offering a 20 percent discount on rides with the code DINEOUTWNY. Cecilia’s, Ilio DiPaolo's, Chef’s, Mr. Bill’s, and Lebro’s have participated in Dining Out for Life all 16 years.

New restaurants for 2018 are Juicy Burger Bar, Dobutsu, Lucky Day, Griffon Gastropub in Clarence, Lloyd Taco Factory in Williamsville, Yoshi Sushi Bar & Eatery, Blaze Pizza, Shirt Factory, 100 Acres, Remedy House, Bravo Cucina Italiana, and SATO Brewpub.

Most restaurants participating will donate 25 percent of food receipts, but some will donate more.

Donating 100 percent: ECC City Campus E.M. Statler Dining Room, ECC North Campus Statler’s Erie Room.

Donating 50 percent: The Black Sheep, Cecilia’s, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Merge, Craving, Ristorante Lombardo, Salvatore's Italian Gardens.

Donating 33 percent: Coco Bar & Bistro, Lenox Grill, Jovi’s, Osteria 166, Forte, Public Espresso & Coffee @ Hotel Lafayette.

Roost and Fortuna's, closed Oct. 9, will participate on Oct. 10.

Go to diningoutforlife.com/wny for the complete list.

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