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For the turkeys

Seabrook Turkey Trot celebrates tenth anniversary

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October 25th, 2009
Since 1999, the annual Seabrook Turkey Trot has donated almost 3,000 turkeys to charity and brought together thousands of people in the spirit of goodwill. And this year, the bar has been raised, asSeabrookresidents and staff are hoping to collect more money and more turkeys than ever before.

Back to basics

Residents and staff sign up to walk, raise money, and collect frozen turkeys for underprivileged families for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We give everything to the local charities and food banks, Seabrook volunteer and trot participant Culver Hayes says. It s an excuse to get into the holiday spirit, act silly, and run around campus. It s a fun way to spend an afternoon, and it goes to a great cause. The participants can choose from one of three walking courses: the Turkey Course, the shorter Chicken Course, or the slightly shorter Cornish Hen Course. Once the walk is completed, the donations are collected and the turkeys are loaded and shipped out to the organizations. Julie McEnany, who lives atSeabrook, has participated in each of the previous ten trots and looks forward to this year s event. A regular walker, she will be trying the Turkey Course this year. It s a nice day of exercise, she says. You get to have fun with your friends. It s a fun occasion that everyone looks forward to.

Gobbling good times

In addition to helping a good cause, the event promises some fun extracurricular festivities too. Each year, the event s mascot, a giant turkey, arrives on the scene in a different way. Last year, the six-foot turkey acted as a drum major and led the Monmouth Regional High School Marching Band into Seabrook. He s come by limo, by helicopter, and in a fire truck, says Hayes, who has been participating in the event for seven years. How the turkey will arrive this year remains a closely guarded secret. You ll have to participate to find out, SeabrookCommunity Services Manager Judy Seger says. We have some surprises in store.

Hitting close to home

Last year, more than 450 turkeys were collected and shipped out to the Bradley Food Pantry and Interfaith Neighbors, two Monmouth County organizations that help feed the needy. The Bradley Food Pantry very much appreciates the support from Seabrook, for its contribution of turkeys to the pantry for our Thanksgiving distribution to our clients, Bradley Food Pantry Director Richard Brugger says. Our association at holiday time each year withSeabrookis a tremendous help, enabling us to complete our mission of serving our neighbors in need and we thank Seabrook very much. Interfaith Neighbors Associate Executive Director Paul L. McEvily says, We are regularly overwhelmed by the bountiful kindness and generosity displayed by theSeabrook community in support of Interfaith Neighbors and those we help throughout the Monmouth County area. Without the continued support ofSeabrook, our clients would not be able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast. So, on behalf of all of our clients, we thank Seabrook from the very bottom of our hearts.