Giving food, thanks to Grand Rapids

Nov. 16, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dust off those Cranfberries and be ready to be ‘stuffed’ with some turkey.

Next week Monday, the 1st Annual Downtown Turkey Throwdown will be held on Monroe Mall. The event is aimed at benefiting the hungry, both the food pantries and those who want a nice, home-fashioned holiday meal.

The event was announced today on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. The potluck is being sponsored in part by Spearia, a local web and marketing development company.

According to their Facebook page, the meal is meant as a “showing an appreciation for each other and for our community.”

Other sponsors include the downtown Biggby’s coffee shop, The Rockford Corner Bar, and StudioJewel.

Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items and canned goods, which will be donated to Mel Trotter Ministries.

Jeff Hill, Rapid Growth Publisher, posted on Twitter urging people to RVSP to attend the event. “Bring a dish and see a turkey deep frying live!” he posted to Twitter.

“The turkey will not be alive,” he clarified.

The event is being promoted heavily by organizers and fans through their Twitter accounts. In addition to Jeff Hill, others to push the event through the social networking site include Cindy Grade (@fuzzyredrobe).

Grade, who is also listed as an event sponsor, has been letting people know about what the sponsors will be doing for the event, tweeting that the Rockford Corner Bar will be “providing the stuffing AND gravy,” she said.

Grade also mentioned that “@medicalmileGR will donate hand sanitizer for the sake of our health! and paper …”

“I think that’s a really cool idea,” said Jeradon Swan, a student at Grand Valley State University.  “I think that’s a great way to not only increase awareness but kind of increase community involvement, get people active and interacting with each other and be aware of the problems that are going on.”

“That’s really cool,” said Jeradon Swan, a student at Grand Valley State University.

“I think that’s a really cool idea. I think that’s a great way to not only increase awareness but kind of increase community involvement, get people active and interacting with each other and be aware of the problems that are going on.”

Last year, downtown events guru Rob Bliss had organized “The Free Downtown Grand Rapids Thanksgiving Feast/Potluck,” with a similar idea to the 1st Annual Downtown Turkey Throwdown. Bliss has not announced any plans to bring the event back for this year.

Due to sickness concerns, event organizers promise plenty of hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of germs. However, according to their Facebook page, there is one element people do need to be warned about.

“We cannot promise you will not be in need of a nap following the feast,” they said.

The event will be held Monday, Nov. 23rd, from noon to 2 p.m., starting at the sidewalk outside of the Biggby coffee shop on Monroe Mall.

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