For the past several years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Prineville has hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner, free to participants. The dinner this year will kick off tomorrow evening starting at 7 p.m. _ and they are anticipating a big crowd.
>Boys and Girls Club offers a free Thanksgiving dinner to the community
Four years ago, the dinner was prepared and hosted by the local branch for the first time and about 50 people showed up. "My goal was at that time, and still is, to have this event grow so big that we can't possibly contain it in our clubhouse," said director Gwynn Reis.
The second year the event drew 114 guests to their temporary site on Court Street. "Last year the board got a little fancier on us. The meal was mostly catered and we had 234 participants here at Carey Foster Hall," she explained. "This year we are expecting at least 300."
Erickson's Sentry is generously providing most of the meal while board members and volunteers are signed up to serve. Club members will make a presentation and are also helping to coordinate the event.
In light of the national situation, Reis emphasized that this event is a timely opportunity for genuine thanks-giving. Reis believes the national disaster has served to help to bring people together. "I think the one thing that we've all realized lately is our commitment to unity and a renewed sense of gratitude."
The Boys and Girls Club is encouraging the community to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and join together in appreciation and thanksgiving which is so important right now _ and of course in celebration for what the Boys & Girls Club has to offer.
The club is a safe place for youth to go after school, and for fun. For a minimal membership fee students enjoy professional help with homework, art programs, games and supervised activities, and teen clubs where kids can express themselves and coordinate community service projects.
More than 25 national programs are also available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics. Prineville's club has a growing membership now exceeding 300.
Since so many people are expected to attend the dinner, reservations are required. To make reservations call the club at 416-8839.