Top Chefs and Joyful Volunteers Serve Thanksgiving Dinner in Harlem

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For the 21st year in a row, the Food and Beverage Association of America prepared thanksgiving dinner for approximately 1,500 children and families of The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. On Wednesday, November 23rd, top chefs from some of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants cooked 275 turkeys, at 20 pounds each, along with all the trimmings.

Making this his 10th year serving Children’s Aid families at Milbank, Wayne Whinna, Director of Food and Beverage at The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, lead the culinary efforts once again. Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, President of the Food & Beverage Association, organized the dinner and coordinated all the donations for the 21st consecutive year. Also joining the efforts this year were students from Frederick Douglass Academy 1 who helped make this special occasion enjoyable for all in attendance.

As always, the youngest guests paraded into the Milbank gym where the dinner was being held wearing crisp chef hats. Also donning a hat this year was Richard R. Buery, President and CEO of The Children’s Aid Society, who helped serve dinner and visited with several CAS families.