DICKSON CITY — Those who have nowhere to go, whose dinner plans may have been canceled, the elderly and those less fortunate, are invited to stop by the Eagle Hose Co. Hall, 1 Eagle Lane, for the 21st annual Dickson City Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28 from noon to 3:30 p.m. The free event includes a buffet-style dinner and live entertainment. Takeouts will be available.
The Thanksgiving feast is sponsored by Dr. J Donald Kazmerski and Judie and Brian Richards. Since 1999, Dr. Kazmerski has sponsored the annual Thanksgiving day event at the Eagle Hose Co. Hall. With some help from his friends like Dickson City councilman Jack Horvath, the annual dinner has become a Thanksgiving tradition.
Kazmerski expects between 25-35 volunteers and 125-150 dinner guests at this year’s event.
“When I came back from Logan College of Chiropractic (St. Louis) in 1991, I found there was a need for a Thanksgiving dinner in the valley,” said Kazmerski. “There was a void. So I got together with some friends and we planned everything out. Sure, it started out small. But each year, the event continued to grow. It’s been amazing.”
The succulent spread will include eight turkeys, three trays of stuffing and three buckets of gravy; two hams donated by Happy Valley Sports Bar in Dickson City; Potatoes donated by Jon Pierre’s in Olyphant; Bread by National Bakery in Scranton and cranberry sauce donated by Anthony Adamitis and Felicia Kazmerski of Dickson City. Monetary donations were also made by Andy’s Pizza in Peckville, Sons of American Legion and VFW in Dickson City, VFW in Throop and Falcon Oil in Olyphant, among others. The Richards and Kazmerski will donate the refreshments and desserts.
Members of the boys and girls basketball teams from Mid Valley Secondary Center will help with the setup and table arrangements at the Eagle Hose Co. Hall the night before.
“There are so many businesses willing to donate, so many people willing to volunteer. It’s grown into something very special,” Kazmerski explained.
Live music will be provided by LeahBeth Evans and Christian Gratz from the multi-genre group The Frost Duo. The Scranton-based duo has won several awards.
For more information about the event, how to donate or to volunteer, call 570-499-5839.