Families in Need to Enjoy Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner Donated by Top Chefs and Generous Volunteers
Food and Beverage Association volunteers to cook and serve Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of 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
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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 display as chefs from some of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants team up with The Children’s Aid Society 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 19th 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 eighth year. Wayne Whinna and his staff will cook more than 200 turkeys at 20 lbs. each, two 42 lb. turkeys, plus all the trimmings. For the 19th consecutive year, Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, President of the Food and Beverage Association, 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 was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For additional information please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.