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Community Programs - Thanksgiving in February 2012

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters held their Tenth Annual "Thanksgiving in February" feast on Saturday February 25, 2012. Con Edison was the Presenting Sponsor, Macy's was the Food Sponsor, and the Affinia Manhattan Hotel hosted the event. Chef Dale Spinks and his staff from Niles Restaurant prepared the complete Thanksgiving meal - with all the fixings - which was served in the Affinia's Ballroom to over 900 poor families. Sugar Cafe and Daisy Almonds also donated items for the meal. Broadway Legend Chita Rivera was joined this year by Miss Teen New York USA Sabrina Mastrangelo and Survivor: Redemption Island cast member Andrea Boehlke as our special celebrity volunteers. They, along with over 160 other cheerful volunteers from Con Edison and Macy's helped during the day to serve the meal and greet guests. Some volunteers also provided face painting and balloon sculpting for the children. Corporate Volunteer leaders included:
  • Mitch Leventhal, Executive Vice President of Financial Planning for Macy's
  • Agnes Zakrzewska, Director and Tara Troy, Manager for Macy's Employee Volunteerism & Giving Department
  • Hilary Ayala, Department Manager of Public Affairs for Con Edison.
Magic Dave and a special appearance by "Spiderman" entertained everyone during the three shifts of the meal. The event was another huge success which brought joy to the lives of some of New York's less fortunate families.

Over 900 clients in our network attended the feast.Con Edison and Macy's volunteers were happy to help.
Broadway Legend Chita Rivera joined us again to serve the needy.Guests chose their favorite Thanksgiving foods from the buffet.
"Survivor: Redemption Island" cast member Andrea Boehlke was also among the servers.This guest was happy to meet Spiderman.
"This party is the best!"Chita Rivera led a special "Happy Birthday" to one of the Grandmothers at the event.
 

Joe Sano, Executive Director of St. Francis Food Pantries with Sabrina Mastrangelo and Mitch Leventhal.
"Am I having a good time? You bet!"
Tara Troy, Mike Bacha and Agnes Zakrzewska of Macy's helped with balloon sculpting.
Tasty cookies were served for dessert by our fantastic volunteers.
"I applaud Con Edison, Macy's and St. Francis Food Pantries for this special day."