Another sold out crowd enjoyed the 2nd Annual Eat and Feed Turkey Dinner at the Brook Tavern on October 27th to help raise money for TJ's Turkeys, a grassroots fundraising effort providing holiday assistance through the Franklin Community Center with the Brook Tavern donating 50% of the dinner proceeds.
Spotted dining on the full Thanksgiving dinner we saw Mark Hogan and Rob Saba, Tim and Lisa Higgins, Erica Dingeman from Social Radiant and Ashley Dingeman from Saratoga Food Fanatic, Martha and Joe Burke and family (table for 14!), and Catherine Hover from Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio there with adorable daughter Posey.
TJ's Turkeys was started 5 years ago by then 9-year-old TJ Tracy, who wanted to make a difference for those who weren't fortunate enough to enjoy a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Now, at 14 years old, TJ has raised a total of more than $20,000 over the years, and is only looking to raise more with help from the community.
"This year was another sold out event! We are so grateful for Bob and Mary Alice Lee's generosity to host this annual event, and for the community's support which enables us to sell out this event so we can provide dinners for all the families in need with elementary age children in the Saratoga School district. It was a fun evening and has become a pre-Thanksgiving tradition here in Saratoga", said TJ.
This year TJ's Turkeys are providing about 40 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for local families in need and they will be shopping for everything from turkeys and stuffing to pie and Cool Whip with everything in between for a grand Thanksgiving feast. This year there are other kids also getting involved, Jen Burke has been going door to door with TJ after school every week, TJ's brother Josh has donated his birthday money, and TJ's Stampede baseball team will be assembling the dinner bags.
Final numbers for the event aren't in yet, but it looks like they are going to be right near last year's total raised, which was $1400 and brings them closer to this year's $10,000 goal. To find out how you can help TJ raise money this holiday season click here.