A Thanksgiving to Remember at the Senior center

December 2, 2017

To the Editor: 


The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association and the Roosevelt Island Senior Center (Carter Burden Network) hosted a Thanksgiving Day Luncheon on November 23. Thanks to a big team effort and many dedicated volunteers, the day was a huge success. We all wrapped up the afternoon with full bellies and hearts full of thanks. 




The event would not have been possible without the help of many local vendors and community members, including Louis at Gristedes; Gabriel Solano from Cornell Tech / Star Catering Group; Izzy from Wengerd Farms; Angie from Wholesome Factory; Hope Church for sharing goodies from their Thanksgiving dinner; Lynn Shinozaki, who brought delicious homemade cookies; and Brenda Vaughn for her last-minute pickups at Costco. 


I’d also like to thank our great team of cheerful volunteers: Louella and Michael (even her kids and brother Neal joined in!); Melissa Wade, Markeisha Sadlier, Dawn Boykin, Catherine Drenth, and Gage from Hope Church; Slaghaniya & Niki from the United Nations International School; Judy Berdy; Joyce Short; and my husband Amadou Keita, who jumped in and worked the coffee and beverage area. 


A special thanks to Mary Coleman and Wendy Hersh, who are on both the RIDA Board and the Senior Center Advisory Council. They are the backbone for this Thanksgiving event. Without them this would not happen. I personally want to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone that helped, from donations through clean-up. And to everyone who celebrated the day with us, thank you. We could not have enjoyed the day without you. 


Next time you see one of our volunteers, or visit one of the vendors who so generously donated, give them a big thank-you!!


Lisa Fernandez,
Program Director,
Roosevelt Island Senior Center


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