For the last 10 years, Waterford receptions and the Fairfax Corps of The Salvation Army have hosted a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for local needy families and this year is no exception. Yesterday, Waterford at Fair Oaks provided a full Thanksgiving meal for more than 200 people from 12-2 p.m.
“For more than a decade, we have worked with the Salvation Army to host this event each year – and we look forward to it every time,” said Keith Clark, Waterford Receptions CEO. “It’s one way our Waterford family can give back to so many others in the community – and often times our staff members bring their own family members to join in and help with the event.”
While this event has become a tradition for many Salvation Army volunteers and the families that they help – it has also become a cherished tradition for many of the Waterford staff members also bring their family members to share in the event.
With turkeys that were donated from the Salvation Army Waterford created a delicious and masterfully prepared buffet of home-style dishes that included a variety of vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes and desserts.
The Thanksgiving meal, prepared by Waterford’s Chef and culinary team, included:
- 250 pounds of turkey
- 50 pounds of mashed potatoes
- 20 pounds of pasta
- 10 pounds of stuffing
- 2 gallons of gravy20 dozen rolls/biscuits
“In addition to the amazing food, we are happy to give these families a beautiful place to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal,” said Clark. “It can be a very memorable and elegant experience for these families to gather in our chandelier-filled ballroom and be served on our china.”
People applied for the dinner through the Salvation Army, and the ones who attended are those who use that organization throughout the year for assistance. Several families have come to this Thanksgiving event for several years and it has become their holiday tradition – a day full of good food, beautiful surroundings and creating great memories with friends and family.