HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – 15th Annual Rodriguez Family Thanksgiving Dinner a Success
Thanksgiving is a day celebrated by millions of people around the country spent indulging in pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, and grandmas green bean casserole, and the most important being thankful for what life has given you.
The Rodriguez family hosted the 15th annual Rodriguez Family Thanksgiving Dinner at Marley’s Gotham Grill, and it was a huge success.
“It was a whopping success!,” organizer Anita Rodriguez said.
Ten 22 pound turkeys were cooked, along with traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. They even delivered some of the meals to homes, workers at 11th Hour Rescue, and 2 Hackettstown gas stations.
Rodriguez attests to the reason for hosting the event, “We understand there is a need for a meal, companionship, and belonging during the holidays. That is proven by the number of guests we host, the outpouring of calls for volunteering, and by our donors. We try and fill those needs during Thanksgiving.”
When asked how the event started 15 years ago, Rodriguez says while she was working as a waitress at the Jigger Pub, customers offered turkeys to her thinking somebody she knew would need them for Thanksgiving dinner. She took to the streets and local businesses to post some flyers up and it was an instant success after local restaurants allowed her to use the restaurants for the event.
In years past the event was held the Jigger Pub, Ken’s Corner Café, and Hackettstown Moose Lodge until the event outgrew the capacity of those venues.
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