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Philanthropy:

Mario Batali’s dinners tonight benefit Red in global fight against AIDS

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Marty Krier

The Books for Kids/Mario Batali Foundation Library opens Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center. Batali is pictured here with Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

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The Books for Kids/Mario Batali Foundation Library opens Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Acelero Spring Valley Learning Center. Launch slideshow »

In 2006, U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver teamed up in the fight against AIDS with their nonprofit organization Red, and to date it has generated more than $350 million for the global battle.

Some of the world’s most iconic brands including Apple, Coca-Cola and Starbucks, plus our local Live Nation entertainment group, are partners. Celebrity chef Mario Batali has all four of his Las Vegas restaurants tonight taking part with dinners to benefit the nonprofit.

My pal Mario, who is bringing Eataly to the Las Vegas Strip, as we’ve previously reported, told me: “I got involved through my buddy Bono a few years ago. We were both excited to get the culinary community involved in their efforts.

“Anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant kitchen knows that the sum of our efforts far exceeds what any of us can do individually. The fight against AIDS requires teamwork on a global scale. Three years ago, we decided to create a monthlong campaign to #86AIDS.

“It costs just 30 cents a day for a day’s worth of lifesaving HIV/AIDS medications. Every time someone attends an eat Red event this month, they help raise money for this important fight, the fight for a world in which every baby is born HIV free.

“Our four Las Vegas restaurants have been involved since I started working with Red three years ago. If I’m passionate about a cause, all of our restaurants get involved to help raise funds. Our Las Vegas team has rallied behind this one even more than I would have imagined.”

Mario’s one-night-only dinners take place tonight at Carnevino in Palazzo and B&B Ristorante, Otto Enoteca and B&B Burger & Beer all at the Venetian.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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