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placeholder March 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Thanksgiving dinner recognized supports schools

The Tri-Valley Community Outreach Dinner, a group formed last year to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need, was among the community groups and individuals honored by the city of Dublin on Feb. 20.

The city annually names an organization of the year, citizen of the year and young citizen of the year, recognizing those who have contributed to the quality of life in Dublin during the past year.

"This is a new group that was brought together specifically in order to serve the needy of our area with a warm welcome and a delicious, hot Thanksgiving Day meal," said Father Lawrence D'Anjou, pastor of St. Raymond Church, which hosted the event.

"The volunteer turnout was amazing and friendships that were made that day that we hope to continue," Father D'Anjou said. "Discussions are beginning here at St. Raymond on how to move forward together so we can continue to serve the needy here in Dublin."

About 100 volunteers, including members of the parish and students at St. Raymond School, and members of community groups such as the Girl Scouts, joined together to serve a sit-down meal to guests, who included senior citizens and military personnel. Donations from grocers and other organizations helped feed the guests.

Matt Troiano, who coordinated the dinner's efforts, said he hoped the nomination would help the organization spread the news about the Thanksgiving dinner and that more guests would attend in 2013.

At the Volunteer Recognition Awards, Tri-Valley Youth Court was named organization of the year; former Mayor Janet Lockhart was named citizen of the year; Camille Chabot was named young citizen of the year.

 
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