Families in Need to Enjoy Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Donated by Top Chefs and Generous Volunteers

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For the 20th year in a row, Food and Beverage Association volunteers to cook and serve Thanksgiving meal for over fifteen hundred children and families at annual Children's Aid Society dinner in Harlem

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742
Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, Food and Beverage Association – (w) 212-521-6203, (c) 347-804-2791

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society
Dunlevy Milbank Community Center
14-32 West 118th Street, between Lenox and Fifth Avenues

The spirit of Thanksgiving will be on full view at Children’s Aid’s Dunlevy Milbank Center on Wednesday, as chefs from some of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants team up to provide a luscious Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of New York’s disadvantaged children and their families.

Thanks to the generosity of the Food and Beverage Association of America, this is the 20th year that this special dinner is being served at the Dunlevy Milbank Center. Wayne Whinna, Director of Food and Beverage at The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, will head up the culinary efforts for the ninth year. Wayne Whinna and his staff will cook 247 turkeys at 20 lbs. each, plus all the trimmings. For the 20th consecutive year, Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, President of the Food and Beverage Association and Director of Food & Beverage for the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, is organizing the dinner and coordinating all donations. Members, family members and friends of The Food and Beverage Association donate all the food, decorations and table settings for the dinner, prepare and serve the food.

Among the children and families celebrating at the dinner will be the homeless families who live at Children’s Aid’s Pelham Fritz Apartments (a homeless shelter for families) across the street from the Dunlevy Milbank Center; formerly homeless families who return for this special celebration; and hundreds of other families from the Harlem community served by the Dunlevy Milbank Center all year. A DJ will entertain diners during the meal and a raffle will distribute more cooked turkeys to the families in attendance.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.