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St. Louis (KSDK) -A "Dining out for Life" event Thursday is giving people the opportunity to eat out andbenefit HIVand AIDS victims.

Participating restaurantswill donate 25% or more of all salesfor the fundraising event. That money will go to fund programs forSt. Louis area residentsaffected by HIV or AIDS.

This is the 19th year for the event. Last year, "Dining Out for Life" helped raise more than $230,000.

MasterCard is also planning to match donations from the event.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith joined NewsChannel 5's Pat McGonigle to discuss his participation in Dining Out for Life.