Last Sunday the MHV Auxiliary held their annual Turkey Dinner. This is always a great opportunity for us to rub shoulders with friends of the museum and introduce our facility to some newcomers. It’s also an occasion where one can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner without having to do any cooking or clean-up. In fact, one family made this event their “Thanksgiving meal.”

The work began many weeks in advance as plans were developed to ensure a smooth delivery. On the preceding Friday, Auxiliary members moved into the Auditorium to decorate and set up tables and into the Livery Barn Restaurant’s kitchen to prepare the food.

On Sunday morning, the hot food was ready to be served at 11:30 sharp, and a large crowd of people, some of whom had arrived more than 30 minutes in advance, started down the line to have their plates filled. Over the next two hours, around 450 people made their way into the Auditorium to enjoy the meal. They consumed 27 turkeys and 175 pounds of potatoes. The revenue generated by this event amounted to just under $8000 before expenses.

Preparing and serving a hot meal to feed 450 people is a very substantial undertaking. As is the case with many community fall dinners, this one was entirely prepared and delivered by approximately 35 volunteers. Once again we acknowledge the significant contributions the MHV Auxiliary makes to our museum. The funds they raise and the goodwill they generate in the community are integral to our success.

Sponsors always contribute to the success of such an event as well, with cash or in-kind donations to reduce the costs. This year’s dinner was sponsored by Good ‘n Natural Health Food Store, God’s Acres, Safeway and Sobeys. We appreciate their community spirit and their generosity.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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