Dozens of DC Restaurants Will Pledge Inauguration Profits to LGBTQ and Women’s Causes

All in Service says the campaign is a celebration of diversity, not a Trump protest; many of the businesses are choosing to donate to Planned Parenthood.

by Gillie Houston
Jan 13 2017, 9:42pm

For some, the impending inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will serve as a grand celebration—while many others see it as a clear sign that the total collapse of civilized society at the hands of an unhinged megalomaniac is nigh. But for the DC service industry, inauguration weekend also means packed seats and massive profits.

Now, one campaign is bringing together the capital's top restaurants, bars, cafes, and distilleries to pledge a portion of their inflated inauguration profits to local service organizations and causes—many of which have been threatened by Trump's discriminatory political policies.

All in Service DC, the brainchild of local service industry professionals Amanda Carper and Alaina Dyne, launched in late December 2016 with the mission to highlight the diversity and compassion of their community as a whole. With an all-female staff of volunteers, the organization has already signed on 54 businesses to participate in the campaign and are hoping to recruit more before Inauguration Day.

A number of high-profile dining destinations, including Café Saint-Ex, 24/7 Diner, Chez Billy Sud, and the new Momofuku CCDC have joined the cause, pledging to donate funds collected over the January 20–22 weekend to a diverse group of nonprofits.

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