ThanksGathering Celebration - A Successful Kick-Off to the Thanksgiving Community Dinner

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A Wonderful Event to Kick-Off TDay!

More than 260 Equinox friends and supporters were on hand for the first-ever ThanksGathering Celebration on November 5. The Adirondack exhibit in the New York State Museum provided the perfect autumnal backdrop for a festive evening and successful fundraiser. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and chef stations by Mazzone Hospitality, seasonal beverage tastings from Adirondack Winery, Brown’s Brewing and others, and music by the Grand Central Station Jazz Trio. Guests generously supported Equinox through the raffle, gift card pull, and “stuff the turkey” opportunity. Congratulations to the raffle winners, who will be enjoying a winter getaway at the Sagamore, a 2016 Yankees game, and a 2016 Syracuse football game at the Meadowlands.

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The Golub Corporation was honored for its tremendous support of Equinox and our Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Price Chopper & Market 32 annually donate more than 830 turkeys (totaling 11,000 pounds) for the 10,000 meals! They also partner with Equinox for Project Soup, providing soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the Capital Region with gallons of turkey soup to feed those in need beyond Thanksgiving.

A special thank you to the evening’s Presenting Sponsor: Equinox Companies, J. Eric King, President, and all the evening’s generous sponsors.  The inaugural ThanksGathering was an exciting kick-off to Equinox’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner!

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Equinox Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner Committee Members
Patti & Paul Strasser and Joan Dembinski enjoing the celebration.
Both Paul and Joan are volunteer chefs for the community dinner.


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Guests enjoying seasonal beverage tastings featuring
Brown’s Brewing Company, Adirondack Winery and Joe Daddy’s Hard Cider.


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NYS Assemblyman John McDonald chatting with Elissa Kane (far left)
and Equinox Board Member Lauri Rosmarin-Plattner.


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J. Eric King with his wife, Kathy Thiel, remarking on Equinox Companies’
commitment as presenting sponsor—bringing the two Equinoxes together.


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Honorary Co-Chairs, Barry & Sara Lee Larner being recognized
by Equinox CEO Dorothy Cucinelli. 


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Neil & Jane Golub and Mona Golub admiring the inscribed turkey platter
presented to them by Equinox CEO Dorothy Cucinelli for their significant support,
through Price Chopper and Market 32, of Equinox’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner and other support throughout the years—for “serving” the community since 1932.


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B95.5’s Chad O’Hara, emcee, having some fun with Equinox’s
Director of Development Christina Rajotte for “Stuff the Turkey” activity.


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Equinox CEO Dorothy Cucinelli enjoying a conversation with Barry Larner (left),
Honorary Co-Chair and event sponsor through Schuyler Companies, and Tom Tibbitts, volunteer head chef for Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner for over 30 years.


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Neil & Jane Golub chatting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

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