Thanksgiving Meal for Vets Set for Nov. 21

Maloney and Ball organize fifth annual dinner

A veteran is thanked by a group of Boy Scouts at last year's dinner (photo provided)

A veteran is thanked by a group of Boy Scouts at last year’s dinner (photo provided)

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and former State Senator Greg Ball, who now lives in Texas, have organized a fifth annual free Thanksgiving dinner for veterans on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. Seating take place at noon and 2 p.m.

The dinner will be chaired by Eugene Parrotta, chairman of the Downstate Chapter of Purple Heart Homes, and Carmel Town Councilwoman Suzi McDonough, who serves on the organization’s board. The event typically draws more than 800 veterans and hundreds of volunteers.

“God bless this awesome community for delivering another homerun for our heroes,” said Ball. “This single event has now spawned similar events throughout the area and with the help of Congressman Maloney, we are flattered and honored to keep this great tradition alive. My hope is to expand this effort nationally.”

In addition to volunteers and business supporters such as the Lou Cardillo real-estate agency in Yorktown Heights, Maloney and Ball are seeking donations for the dinner, including 625 dessert plates, 600 coffee cups, 60 turkey pans, five uncooked turkeys of 20 pounds or more, turkey gravy, salad dressing, premade bags of stuffing, 48-ounce cans of chicken broth, pies, décor and cans of string beans, whole white potatoes, corn, and cranberry sauce.

Those who cannot volunteer goods or time are encouraged to make a donation to Purple Heart Homes. For more information, call Suzi McDonough at 914-403-8463. The Putnam County Golf Course is located at 187 Hill Street.

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