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Katherine Faulconer whipped up fresh guacamole for guests at "Dining Out For Life"

The special crew at Ortega's Bistro Mexican Bistro for Dining Out for Life raised money for local HIV/AIDS programs.
Photo credit:
Nicole Murrary-Ramirez

Yesterday the annual fundraising event Dining Out For Life brought San Diego together to raise money for The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center).

Public officials quit their day jobs for the afternoon to wear different hats (and aprons) in an effort to support the charity. San Diego’s First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer, looking beautiful in a black and white gingham-inspired blouse, gave diners at Ortega’s on University Avenue a unique experience as she played waitress to a packed house of hungry lunch goers.

City Commissioner and Mayor of Hillcrest Nicole Murray Ramirez hosted the event which he says was a great success with San Diegans from all walks of life in attendance.  

“The Center staff and volunteers did an amazing job,” Ramirez told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. “I had the honor of joining the First Lady of San Diego Katherine Stuart Faulkner, the Consul General of Mexico Marcela Celorio, Rev. Penny Bridges of St. Paul's Cathedral and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf at Ortega s Mexican Bistro.”

These high-profile community leading ladies weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty either, Mrs. Faulconer personally mixing up batches of fresh guacamole at tables in the dining room as Rev. Bridges cleared soiled diningware. 

“As we hosted a packed house for lunch, these wonderful dedicated women did it all,” adds Ramirez. “They served, bussed, and even clean tables for over two hours, they were simply fabulous!”

Each year, Dining Out For Life® brings out thousands of people to dine at some of San Diego’s best restaurants and bars which have agreed to donate 25 percent or more of their food and liquor sales on that day in support of HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs at The Center.