Thursday, November 17, 2016

Recap of Turkey Tuesday Success

If you happened to be on Asylum Street in downtown Hartford on Tuesday you may have noticed the crowds gathering around CityPlace. Bank of America’s Turkey Tuesday returned for its 18th year, with support from UnitedHealthcare, Optum Technologies, Stop & Shop and, of course, Brad Davis. WDRC’s Talk of Connecticut broadcast live from the lobby, attracting generous donations of turkeys and cash in support of Foodshare’s Turkey and Thirty Campaign.

Live interviews included James Arena-DeRosa, Foodshare President & CEO, Governor Malloy, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, among others.

One of our newest team members, Dyani, was amazed by what she saw:

"The fact that I was able to see a mix of corporate employees, local residents, and media organizations come together, to contribute to a cause such as hunger was mesmerizing and touching. This event clearly illustrates how people from all walks of life can join together to build a better, stronger community."

Employees from UnitedHealthcare and Bank of America volunteered all morning, collecting donations. Among many individual and corporate donations, Foodshare was very thankful to receive 220 turkeys from Hoffman Auto Group, 200 turkeys from LAZ Parking,160 turkeys from Rogo Distributors, and 52 turkeys from Bouvier Insurance. Macca Plumbing also checked in with $4,502!

“We are so grateful for such passionate and committed partners,” said James Arena-DeRosa, Foodshare President & CEO. “Today’s drive secured 629 turkeys and over $24,000 to support our neighbors who have asked for help this holiday season.”

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