Regula Center Hosts Thanksgiving Meal

November 27, 2013

Photo by Jeff Hendershot/The Review

The University of Mount Union’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement worked with the community to host its annual Community-wide Thanksgiving dinner at The Salvation Army in Alliance on Saturday.

The meal was made possible through donations from area businesses and individuals and nearly 500 meals were served.

According to Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center and coordinator of the event, this was the largest turnout in the history of the annual meal.

Student volunteer Ashely Christensen spent two days helping out with the event.

"It was really eye-opening to see all the different kinds of people who are struggling,” Christensen said. “One couple walked an hour in the cold just to eat. It was definitely one of my favorite volunteering opportunities so far.”

In addition to lunch, there were kids activities and a tree of thanks where those attending wrote what they were thankful for on leaves to add to the tree.

"It was amazing to be able to reach out to so many people in one day,” said Jena Finch. “My favorite part was hearing everyone's stories and learning about what they were thankful for. I think our Thanksgiving Thankful Tree turned out great."

"Serving the thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army was an experience I will never forget,” said Mackenzie Shivers, another student volunteer. “All too often we take things for granted that are truly blessings. Seeing how thankful people were for this meal was so rewarding."  

Hosted the Saturday before Thanksgiving to allow Mount Union students to help out, the dinner is one of the largest outreaches the Center does. Volunteers from Mount Union worked alongside many community members Friday and all morning Saturday to prepare the food with assistance from guest chef Dennis Devies, Jr.  

The dinner was made possible through the help of nearly 70 volunteers in addition to numerous donors. Donors for the dinner were recognized in categories including Pie Sponsors, those who gave donations valued up to $49; Turkey Sponsors, those who gave donations valued from $50-99; and Cornucopia Sponsors, those who gave donations valued at $100 or more.  

Pie Sponsors for the 2013 dinner included, Phil and Ginny Daniel, Kathleen Piker-King, Callie Livengood, Missie and Terry Gardner, Matt and Marie Trainer, Pat Stone, Tammy Goshorn, Teresa Latham, Linda Montgomery, Lindsay Laret, Samantha Naug, Jan Ossler, William and Michelle McCallum, Chuck and Martha McClaugherty, Len and Lynda Slack, McDonald's and Giant Eagle.

Turkey Sponsors were White Physical Therapy, Gionino's, Hill's Heating and Cooling, Dr. Richard Giese and Sandra Giese, Elayne Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Kachilla, the Mount Union Psychology Club, Sophomore Service Honorary at Mount Union, Alan and Sharon Andreani, Mr. and Mrs. John Hampu, Green Farms, Anne and Jeff Graffice, Chris Schoeder, Mike and Brenda Pauli and Bobby Leighnor.

Cornucopia Sponsors included Dr. and Mrs. Steve Kramer, Charlton Chiropractic, Wally Armour Chevrolet, John Andress, Emily Honaker, George and Roberta Bell, Diana and Ron Priest, Rich and Sandy Honaker, the Mount Union Physician Assistant Class of 2015, Gretchen Schuler and Betty Lou Honaker.

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