2006-12-01 / Community

BCHS 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Dinner guests boogey down at the Thanksgiving Day dinner. Dinner guests boogey down at the Thanksgiving Day dinner. Beach Channel High School celebrated the 8th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner for senior citizens and nursing home residents on Thursday, November 23. Students served more than 150 guests a full turkey dinner in the F-Gym while Assistant Principal Comer and the BCHS band played holiday music.

Color Guards Pedro Rodriguez and Riana Sherwood led two lines of volunteers into the F-Gym behind the American and BCHS flags. Mrs. Murray, the Coordinator of Student Activities, initiated the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m., followed by a welcome address by Assistant Principal Brevetti.

This year, Russo's on the Bay and the Beach Club donated food for the event in addition to the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, creamed spinach, cheesecake, brownies, pumpkin bread and zucchini bread prepared by Murray's leadership and culinary classes. The BCHS staff members contributed most of the food and all of the apple pies and whipped cream for dessert.

The St. Francis de Sales Religious Education Program, accompanied by Mrs. Carnaccio and Mrs. Honan, brought and served salads to guests, and the Greenberg Family brought and served pumpkin pies. BCHS faculty members and parents also contributed: Mr. Smith brought sweet potatoes, Ms. Riggs prepared cranberry stuffing and the Baksh Family donated a rice platter.

Pictured: The BCHS Color Guard, led by Pedro Rodriguez and Riana Sherwood. Pictured: The BCHS Color Guard, led by Pedro Rodriguez and Riana Sherwood. Many residents also lent a hand during the dinner, including Coleen Dwyer, Suzanne and Charlotte Riggs, Pat Herchenroder, and the Tsatis, Torpey, Cashen, Miacco, Geraghty, Charles and Murray Families.

As a special treat this year, Vince Murphy sang Frank Sinatra tunes for the seniors and John Murray volunteered to DJ. The Breezy Point Junior Ancient Order of Hibernians also donated beautiful centerpieces for the event.

The nursing home residents visiting from Resort, Park, Park Inn, Horizon and Gloria's Manor, as well as local seniors from the neighborhood and Seaside Community Center had a wonderful time and were grateful for all that helped at the event. Ms. U and the personnel of the school kitchen, OFNS, security and Joe Gargiulio and the custodial staff also worked tirelessly at the Thanksgiving dinner, as they have year after year.

BCHS student Chimena serves muffins to guests. BCHS student Chimena serves muffins to guests. The Cashen boys and Nick Tsastis with butter and rolls. The Cashen boys and Nick Tsastis with butter and rolls. Megan, a BCHS student, dances with a guest. Megan, a BCHS student, dances with a guest. Volunteers set up food. From left to right: Mr. Smith, Omi, Vince, Thomas, John and Chris. Volunteers set up food. From left to right: Mr. Smith, Omi, Vince, Thomas, John and Chris. Residents of Gloria's Manor attend the event. Residents of Gloria's Manor attend the event. Residents from Resort Nursing Home pose with students. Residents from Resort Nursing Home pose with students. The BCHS band performing during the Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The BCHS band performing during the Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

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