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After last weekend’s frigid temperatures, ice, and snow forced organizers to reschedule the annual Banquet of Blessings, volunteers are now ready to serve a New Year’s Eve feast instead of their originally planned traditional Christmas Eve feast.
To honor the founder of the annual McCreary County Banquet of Blessings, Fred Berkowitz who passed away earlier this year, those dining this year are encouraged to arrive in person, sit down, and enjoy the meal with others in fellowship. For Fred, fellowship amongst those participating was just as important as the food.
Due to last weekend’s weather, this year’s Banquet of Blessings was rescheduled from December 24 to Saturday, December 31, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Due to construction at McCreary Middle School, the banquet will be served at the Whitley City Elementary School Cafeteria. This year’s delicious New Year’s Eve meal will consist of hot turkey dinners complete with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and pie. All dinners are served at no cost, although donations are welcome. The Banquet is a community-wide meal, so everyone is welcome!
There will be a limited number of fruit bags given away as long as the supply lasts. There is a limit of one fruit bag per family/household. Additionally, Santa will make a late appearance to help pass out gifts to children and pose for photos. Each person who dines in person will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
Last year, the volunteers organized and served 1,082 dinners. Organizers are hopeful they will serve even more dinners during this year’s Banquet. All donations go to the expenses associated with the yearly Banquet of Blessings feast.