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Fraternity hosts community Thanksgiving dinner

The dinner, to benefit the Springfield Promise Neighborhood, is expected to draw 1,200 attendees.


A Wittenberg University fraternity is holding a Thanksgiving dinner to benefit the Springfield Promise Neighborhood this week.

The Springfield Community Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Sigma Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 20 West Ferncliff Place.

The event began seven years ago as a philanthropic event open only to Wittenberg students. Dinner organizer Ben Imlay, who is also the president of the campus Promise Club, said the fraternity is hoping to have as many as 1,200 attend the event. It’s open to the public for the second straight year.

“We thought since we’re donating the money to a great community organization, why not open it up to the community,” Imlay said.

Last year, the fraternity had 400 attendees and raised approximately $3,000. This year, they hope to raise a minimum of $5,000, but believe they can go even higher.

“We expect to have a lot more people,” Imlay said.

Cost is $5 per person and the event is open to the public. All proceeds go towards the Springfield Promise Neighborhood. All current Lincoln Elementary students eat free. The event will also feature a performance by the Project Jericho Children’s Choir.

“It’s a great opportunity to show how much we care about the Promise Neighborhood and the community,” Imlay said.

Bowman Landes Turkey Farms provided the turkeys at a discounted rate, Imlay said. The side dishes were provided by Campus Cooks, which feeds the fraternity.

The fraternity, also known as Fiji, is also accepting donations for those who cannot attend. Citizens can make donations at www.gofundme.com/51rr0o.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Imlay at 614-570-7724 or s14.bimlay@wittenberg.edu.


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