The Dixon Knights of Columbus Free Thanksgiving Dinner Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make our fifth annual free Thanksgiving dinner such a success.
We are glad to report that we gave out more than 500 free dinners that day. This included deliveries, carryouts, and eat-ins. The extra food and funds will be distributed to organizations such as PADS, Loaves and Fishes, and the Dixon Food Pantry.
The support for this meal was exceptional. We had 90 helpers on Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve, meet and greet, clean up, and deliver meals. We had many others offer, too.
Our community helpers were many. Lee-Ogle Transportation Service and Jennifer Lang offered rides on that day. KSB, Farley Appliance, Elks Lodge, American Legion clubs, Dixon Glass, Bob Slain Construction, Borg Warner, DMS Autobody, Walmart, and Dixon Township led the long list of businesses, organizations, and individuals who made contributions to the event. Without the contributions, big or small, we would not have been able to put this meal on. Thank you, all.
Thanks also to all the media, Telegraph, Sauk Valley Sun, and WIXN radio station, for helping to spread our message. It was apparent that the message was communicated well.
Finally, I would like to thank those fellow planners and organizers for their time and efforts. They are Tory and Shelly Koehler, Richard and Betty Kanzler, Jonathon Smith, and Jean Gornik. Wow. Your work was outstanding. We were ready. Thank you for all you did.
We really had a fun time, and I can't wait till next year. Thank you, community.
Note to readers: Gary Gornik is a Dixon Knights of Columbus member and was part of the organizing committee.