In this second of two installments, ASA is again spotlighting one of our DOFL Ambassador volunteers, Amy Rudy.  This time, Amy provides her inspiration to others by sharing her view about the ease with which you may serve as an Ambassador.  She says, “This is a super simple way to feel good about yourself. The role is even easy for someone brand new!”

Amy figured out pretty quickly how to come up to speed with what was needed and how she could be most effective.  “All you have to do is go to a meeting where you’re given training for the event. ASA will give you a choice of restaurants, so you can select your favorite.”  You can choose a place that you know is popular or one that is a convenient location for you.  In the Ambassador training session, “they give you all the resources you’ll need to take with you.”

BJ's Restaurant + Brewhouse

Photo from BJ’s Brewhouse, a participating restaurant of Dining Out For Life 2017

Knowing the DOFL date several months ahead of time this year is also a great advantage, because it presents the opportunity to involve your friends at the same time.  Amy recommends reaching out to friends early to invite them to join you at your restaurant of choice (something she also did last year).  Amy knows that, “Word of mouth is a great way to get people engaged to come out to eat, while supporting a good cause at the same time.”  Being a DOFL Ambassador turned out to be a great opportunity for her and a close friend to do something together, while at the same time, reuniting themselves with even more friends which they had not seen in a long time.

What is more, “In general, people in attendance felt really good knowing they were part of a community.”  As a result, Amy also raised a good bit of additional funds for ASA that evening, simply by offering donation envelopes to patron diners who wanted to do even more personally to support the agency.

Amy hopes that this year, you’ll find the inspiration to become a DOFL Ambassador like her.  If you would like to be join the cause as an ambassador or table captain, please contact ASA Volunteer Manager Megan Satterfield (at or call 512-406-6417) to learn how you can get involved for this year’s DOFL on Tuesday, April 25th too!  Ambassador training sessions are being held now through April 17th.

Tip Recap:

  • Go to a quick 1 hour training to get info about how best to handle being an ambassador
  • Select your favorite restaurant or the restaurant you will be most comfortable at
  • Invite your friends, family and colleagues out with you
  • Use word of mouth
  • Be friendly to diners and offer them donation envelopes if they want to give additional support to the event
  • Have fun!