For the 20th year in a row, Food and Beverage Association of America generously provided Thanksgiving dinner to the children and families of The Children’s Aid Dunlevy Milbank Center. Chefs from some of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants cooked and served the fabulous spread on Wednesday, November 24. Over fifteen hundred children and families enjoyed the delicious meal which included an amazing 4,000 pounds of turkey with all the trimmings.
Wayne Whinna, Director of Food and Beverage at The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, and his staff headed the culinary efforts by cooking 247 turkeys at 20 lbs each. Gladys Mouton Di Stefano, the President of the Food and Beverage Association and Director of Food and Beverage for the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, coordinated all food donations and organized the dinner at Dunlevy Milbank. Members of the Food and Beverage Association, their family members and friends donated all the food, decorations and table settings for the dinner. Among the children and families who celebrated were 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 entertained the crowd during the meal and a raffle distributed an additional 100 cooked turkeys to the families in attendance.