Starting today, foodies can dine with purpose, as one dollar from every meal served during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining will benefit two nonprofits that help local children and families: the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Orlando and Lighthouse Central Florida.

“Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is one of the most powerful ways our industry makes a difference in the community. Last year’s donation topped $250,000, so you can imagine the significant impact these funds can make,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “Along with our valuable restaurant members, we are excited to raise awareness and support for these two meaningful causes.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Orlando

  • NAMI Greater Orlando is a grassroots support network for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions. Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining will benefit the organization’s “Ending the Silence” program, which helps raise awareness and change perceptions among teenagers about mental health and suicide prevention.

Lighthouse Central Florida

  • Lighthouse Central Florida helps individuals with vision loss adjust to their reality with confidence. Proceeds from Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining will enable Lighthouse to expand its early intervention programs for children so they can adapt, integrate and enjoy active, productive lives.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining returns Aug. 23 to Sept. 30, where foodies can dine on haute cuisine from more than 120 fine dining restaurants offering a $35 three-course, prix fixe dinner menu. A full list of participating restaurant partners can be found at and features menus, including special options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets, and the ability to make dining reservations directly though OpenTable.