United Way North-Northwest (UWNNW) hosted its sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner to help address community need during two events taking place on Tuesday, November 26. More than 750 guests received warm meals from local volunteers at Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont and Glenkirk in Northbrook, which is a 250 person increase from years past.
In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, several UWNNW corporate partners such as Dell, Baxter, Topco, Discover, Woodward, and Rosewood Restaurant, sponsored the event, provided volunteers and donated books, toothbrushes hats, scarves, mittens and gloves to be handed out to children attending the event.
UWNNW works through several of their agency partners to help spread the word and extend the invitation to those looking to celebrate Thanksgiving. Agencies include Catholic Charities, Palatine Opportunity Center, Orchard Village, District 69 in Skokie, District 62 in Des Plaines and the Village of Mount Prospect.
“It’s great to see our community working together to provide food for people in need this holiday season,” said Marcia McMahon, Regional Chief Professional Officer at United Way North-Northwest. “There are people in our community who face enormous challenges and this is just one of the many ways that United Way can help. One of our new corporate partners, Topco, provided bags of food for families and individuals to take home so they have a little extra to put on the table this season.”
Entertainment was provided by Ray Silkman, an accomplished jazz saxophonist, who kept the dinner swinging with holiday tunes and other soulful songs. A local family, the Kelley’s, also provided entertainment by playing a medley of songs on the banjo.
Events such as the Community Thanksgiving Dinner are part of United Way’s community-impact plan, LIVE UNITED 2020, which focuses on creating social change through targeted interventions in education, income and health, to ensure individuals and families have the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Annually, the organization is committed to providing one million individuals with food, shelter and freedom from violence across a six-county footprint.
“United Way continues to adapt to the changing needs within the communities we serve,” said McMahon. “With the community’s help, we can change the story for families and individuals across Chicagoland.”
Continue the spirit of giving by joining United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 movement. To get involved or for more information about United Way North-Northwest please visit www.LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/northwest or call (847) 768-1074.