By Kimberly Teodecki
Each year, Lorain County Community College opens its doors to the community for a festive feast to warm the hearts of those in need. This year’s Thanksgiving Dinner was held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the LCCC Spitzer Conference Center Grand Room.
This LCCC tradition, sponsored by the LCCC Student Life and Dining Services offices, provides a free, family-style Thanksgiving dinner to anyone unable to share the holiday with family or friends. LCCC faculty, staff, and community members donated a few volunteer hours to set up, serve, and clean up. This community service event is free and open to the public.
Last year, attendance totaled around 800 people. This year, the office of Student Life expected around 800 to 1000 people to come enjoy the banquet with the 100 volunteers from LCCC and the community. “Some people volunteer for more than one role. They will come set up then maybe help clean up after the dinner as well,” said Diane Wolfe, Event Coordinator from the Office of Student Life, “It’s really amazing to see how many people will step forward and volunteer to help their community.”
The dinner, brought to light by Executive Chef Eric Petrus, held turkey, ham, stuffing, and other Thanksgiving traditions. “I enjoyed all the food. I would consider coming back year after year,” said Kim Hood, Early Childhood Education major at LCCC. Memories were created as individuals and families sat around tables sharing the joy of Thanksgiving. Denise Taylor, a social work major at LCCC said that she thought the event was a nice service of LCCC and the surrounding community. “A lot of people helped to put it together. I love the music,” said Daniel Halloran, resident of Lorain, Ohio.
Each year, Duck Radio provides entertainment and music for the event, and since 2008, David Cummings, Director of Auxiliary at LCCC, enhanced the dinner with his guitar and singing performances. “This is the event that brought me to campus. I filled in for a friend who had double-booked himself and since that time the Thanksgiving dinner has been very near and dear to my heart,” said Cummings.